Former Republican strategist and MSNBC contributor Steve Schmidt told MSNBC host Chris Hayes on Tuesday that we are witnessing the worst response by an American leader to a crisis in the nation's history. Schmidt also took a hit at the "Trump propaganda network" the president has accumulated and FOX News hosts that support him.
STEVE SCHMIDT: When we look at the whole spectrum of the nonsense that's communicated to the American people through the vast and sophisticated Trump propaganda network that's heavily influenced by misinformation, that's intended to divide the American people, put into the social media sphere by hostile foreign intelligence services, it's a real threat to the comedy in our country. And so we have seen all of this play out over the course of this pandemic. We've seen a president of the United States standing behind the podium emblazoned with the seal of the presidency, saying inject disinfectants. Saying that I'm taking this malaria drug that could kill him.
Over and over again, the American people have been subjected to wave after wave of idiocy, of asininity, of misinformation from the president of the United States. And what it all adds up to is the most inept and incompetent response to a crisis that is conceivable to imagine. This is the worst response by an American leader, certainly by a president, but by any American leader in a time of testing crisis in our nation's history. It's appallingly bad.
As we talk right now, more Americans will be dead by the dawn. We're approaching 100,000 dead Americans, because of the abject incompetence and mishandling of this by Donald Trump. And when you sit there and you look at Alex Jones and you look at Laura Ingraham and Judge Jeanine and all of them, each and everyone is in their own right spectacularly nuts. As they go on and they talk about this stuff, and that there are vulnerable people out there watching these people who make 5, 10, 15, 20, 30 million dollars a year, following their advice, endangering themselves, it's just tragic. It's such a lethal con and fraud that's perpetrated by these people on the American people, it's just despicable.