Steve Schmidt: No President Has Done “This Badly In A Crisis Of This Magnitude”

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The United States’ response “is disgraceful, it strips bare completely the abject incompetence of the administration.”

Former Republican strategist Steve Schmidt joined MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle to discuss the upcoming presidential election.

  • When Ruhle asked Schmidt about Memorial Day images of Joe Biden wearing a mask and President Trump not wearing one, Schmidt said, “I’m not sure that the split screen image is going to be significant. What I do think is going to be significant is the incompetence of Donald Trump’s handling of this situation over its entirety.”

“We can go back to the moment when there were fifteen cases in the country. Donald Trump praised the Chinese response, told the American people there was nothing to worry about. We’re cruising over 100,000 dead Americans, with many more to come, we have a shattered economy, we have thirty million people out of work, we have Great Depression levels of unemployment,” continued Schmidt.

  • With the November election approaching, Ruhle asked Schmidt, “What is going to be the bigger factor: the health impact of coronavirus or the economic impact?”

“It is going to be both,” Schmidt said. “We’re at a moment of weakness in this country where the president is laughed at by world leaders. The country has never been more weak internationally than it is today. We are four percent of the world’s population and we are the epicenter of coronavirus deaths...and infections. And if you get it, you have more likelihood of dying here than any other place in the world.”

  • “We’ve seen somebody who has lied, who has misinformed...who has failed intellectually, failed mentally, and failed morally, as a leader, and lastly this weekend, it’s a sacred day, and to watch the President of the United States tweeting out political attacks, conspiracy theories, it’s just another example of his abject failure...We’ve never had a president who has performed this badly in a crisis of this magnitude, in the history of the United States.”

Watch the MSNBC clip here.

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