Carl Bernstein: Republican Officials Are Openly Questioning President Trump's Stability and Maturity

Trump's "psyche is not a pretty place," Bernstein told CNN.

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While only in office since Friday, President Donald Trump is already proving to be emotionally unstable, even to members of his own party. After boasting about his inauguration crowd size at the CIA headquarters, Trump doubled down on debunked voter fraud theories; still believing that "three million" Californians voted illegally. 

According to Carl Bernstein of Watergate fame, Trump's behavior is both unprecedented and highly disconcerting.  

“It is unlike anything that I have seen in 50 years of being a reporter,” Bernstein said during a CNN Tonight appearance with Don Lemon.

"I am hearing from Republicans, and other reporters are as well, that there is open discussion by members of the President of the United States’ own party about his emotional maturity, stability," Bernstein added. 

The veteran journalist also warned CNN about becoming consumed with Trump's social media, rather than his actual policy. 

“People are saying his psyche is driving the news cycle,” said Bernstein, who believes something very disturbing is going on.

"I talked about the tweets [on a separate CNN panel] being an MRI of his psyche. These remarks are likewise an MRI of his psyche, and it’s not a very pretty place,” Bernstein remarked. 

In addition to perpetuating conspiracy theories and "alternative facts," the Trump administration faces cricism from Republicans for lack of toughness on Russia and renegotiating NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement). But the latter has been obscured due to Trump's psychological grip on the media. 

“We are in uncharted territory here and we ought to talk to some of our colleagues about what they are hearing," Bernstein noted. "I’ve never heard [people] talking about a president… the way this subtext is now a talking point.”


Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.

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