Shortly before the presidential election, GOP public relations worker Steve Schmidt saw Hillary Clinton “trending over 400” electoral college votes. He also predicted that Dems would retake the Senate and were “close” to retaking the House. We know how all that played out. So you probably want to take this morning’s comments from the man who brought you John McCain’s 2008 campaign with a gargantuan grain of salt.

Asked on Morning Joe what he would tell President Trump regarding his assertion that President Obama tapped his phones, Schmidt went on a rant.

Lowlights:

  • “This makes you look unhinged . . . if you don’t stop this, it will destroy your presidency.
  • “You have no path to be successful.”
  • “You will precipitate an international crisis.”
  • “The shattering of credibility is a fundamental issue with the non-stop lying by the president.”


Mika Brzezinski first asked Ari Fleischer and then Schmidt: “what would you advise the president to do,” about his assertion that President Obama tapped his phones?

STEVE SCHMIDT: I think someone has to go in there and say, Mr. President, one, this makes you look unhinged. Two, it’s not true. And now you’re at the hour if you don’t stop this, it will destroy your presidency.

You have no path to be successful, no passing of a domestic agenda. You will precipitate an international crisis. You are devaluing the words of the President of the United States at every hour. And at some point, in the next four years, the President of the United States will appear before the cameras on a day of national tragedy and have to talk to the American people, and he needs credibility to do that.

MIKE BARNICLE: Wow.

SCHMIDT: And across the depth and breadth of this administration, as we move in from month two to month three, the shattering of credibility is a fundamental issue with the non-stop lying by the president, by senior White House spokespeople, across the board. And it is pernicious in a democracy, it’s terrible for the American people and the people that have been complicit and his enablers in the White House, it’s very, very bad. Bad.

MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Thank you!