'Chronic dishonesty.' 'Childishness.' 'Psychopath.' Top McCain adviser tears into Trump


Mark Salter, a longtime adviser to Republican Sen. John McCain, did not hold back his anger at Donald Trump's grossly hypocritical response to the allegations against Democratic Sen. Al Franken.

Many Republicans' reactions to Donald Trump's tweets about accusations of sexual harassment against Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken paint an accurate and deservedly unflattering picture.

After accusations against Franken surfaced, Trump took to his favorite medium to call Franken names and attempt to fan the flames of discord.

"The Al Frankenstien [sic] picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words. Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps?" Trump tweeted.

But like so much else Trump does, this gambit backfired. By wading into the issue, Trump brought a spotlight to the more than a dozen women who have accused him of sexual misconduct.

"Like everything else Trump touches, he hijacks it with his chronic dishonesty and childishness," seethed Mark Salter, a senior adviser to Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain.

"The intense, angry and largely ignorant tribalism afflicting our politics predates Trump’s arrival on the scene," Salter continued.

"But he has infused it with a psychopath’s inability to accept that social norms apply to him."

And as Sara Fagen, a top White House adviser for George W. Bush, said, "A president should be a step above in leading for the entire country."

All Trump did with these tweets was to remind millions of Americans that he bragged about being a serial sexual predator, claiming that he could grab women by their genitals because he was rich. More than a dozen women corroborated Trump's own words.

Trump called all these women liars, and threatened to sue them, which he never actually did.

Adding more fuel to the fire, the White House has blundered through a series of weak explanations as to why Trump is weighing in on Franken, but remains silent on the growing number of accusations against Republican senate nominee Roy Moore of Alabama.

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway used the laughable excuse that the accusations of child molestation against Moore were eight days old, and therefore commenting on them was unnecessary. Earlier, Conway claimed that Trump was too busy to respond to the allegations.

And press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders claimed that because Trump never "admitted wrongdoing," the accusations against him don't matter.

The hypocrisy coming from this White House is stunning, and even many Republicans — including Republican voters — can no longer hold back their disdain for Trump's appalling behavior.

Every day, more Americans realize that not only is Trump an embarrassment, but also fundamentally unfit to occupy the Oval Office.