Former Bush Official Says Trump 'Betrayed' the US - And Has 'Disordered' Personality

Former Bush White House official Peter Wehner told MSNBC that President Donald Trump stands alone as the only American president who has publicly betrayed his country.

Wehner said, "Donald Trump is a corrupt person—a person with a disordered personality." He described Trump's walkback of his disastrous performance at a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin as "a joke."

"Look, what Trump said with Putin when he was on the stage in Helsinki revealed what his views are, what his heart is," Wehner explained.

"You had an American president stand up and betray the United States," he continued. "There have been 45 presidents in the history of the United States. Many have of them have disappointed people. A few have done serious damage. But only one has publicly betrayed the Unitied States, and that is Donald Trump."

Wehner also explained the importance of a president's rhetoric in shaping the nation.

"Words reflect reality. Words shape the moral sensibilities of people," he said. "They touch people's moral imagination. They inspire people. They summon people to great causes. They can cause people to act in atrocious ways as well."

Watch the segment below:

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

alternet logo

Tough Times

Demand honest news. Help support AlterNet and our mission to keep you informed during this crisis.