Al Sharpton said President Donald Trump is "not as smart as we give him credit for" on an MSNBC panel Friday afternoon focused on the government shutdown.
"In the decades I've had battles with him here in New York, Donald Trump is not as smart as we give him credit for," Sharpton claimed. "What he was reacting to was Rush Limbaugh and many that talk to his base had started saying things that were negative, which is why he panicked about his base."
"There is a direct correlation between Limbaugh and Ann Coulter and all of them coming out saying you're not getting anything done. Even Tucker Carlson," he said. "So now he comes back with the wall. Now we've got migrants again marching. He does the move to go to visit the troops in Iraq. And then, again, opens his mouth and jams himself again."
"He is the first presidential kind of thing that we've seen him do until he started talking and then he brings in politics," the MSNBC commentator said. "He attacks Pelosi, starts talking about Syria and talks about a fantasy 10% raise they got. A fish wouldn't get caught if he kept his mouth shut. They need to try and tell him to shut up because he gets in the way of his own messaging. I think he's trying to hold... his 33%. But the reason he's panicking is because some of the people they listen to started flipping on him because he wasn't doing a lot of this."