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'We Don't Have a Functioning Government!': MSNBC Guest Slams Trump as a 'Child' Surrounded by Scared and Weak Subordinates

The federal government lurches to work on Trump's every whim.

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In response to President Donald Trump's constant lying about issues like the immigration and his leaping into new projects like the "Space Force" on whims, many reporters have observed that the White House and the rest of the administration often has to scramble to respond to his latest tweets or off-the-cuff remarks in order to make them a reality.

MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace observed on her show "Deadline: White House" Wednesday that this often puts the administration of acting as the president's de facto campaigners — even when that might be inappropriate — to get his message out.

But Jason Johnson, politics editor for The Root, argued that it's even more troubling than that. Trump and his administration's behavior show that no one is really in charge of the government.

"It reminds me of that old Twilight Zone movie about that kid who had powers," he said. "And everyone had to pretend that they wanted to do what he wanted to do, even if he wanted cereal all day."

He continued: "This takes me back to that mystery letter that showed up in the New York Times. If these people really do care about America, if there's supposed some sort of internal cabal in Washington, D.C., that cares about our safety and security, these are the times that they should be stepping up. These are the times that they should be walking into that White House saying, 'No.' These are the times where they should say, 'You know, we're not going to waste any time with this. We're not going to do anything with interns. We're going to put you out on the campaign trail.'"

"As long as people have these sort of feckless responses where they're going to write about what they're doing, but don't do anything and still allow this administration to use all of its resources to demonize groups of people and waste our time, we don't have a functioning government. We have a child who has magical powers that are only emboldened by the weak people around him," he concluded.

"And maybe, in 15 days, that little child will be investigated by a Democratically controlled House," Wallace added. Watch the clip below:

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Cody Fenwick is a reporter and editor. Follow him on Twitter @codytfenwick.