GOP nominee Donald Trump is looking "increasingly like the kamikaze candidate," and his actions in the past few days show that he's "trying to destroy" the Republican Party and himself, Bloomberg Politics Managing Editor John Heilemann said Wednesday.
"People called him for months the chaos candidate, and he benefited from being the chaos candidate," Heilemann said during a discussion on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program, after show host Joe Scarborough called Trump's issues an "implosion."
"If you apply a rational basis to looking at his behavior, he's just trying to destroy everything, including his own campaign and his own prospects and everything that lies before him," Heilemann said.
Scarborough called the growing number of incidents involving Trump an "implosion the likes of which I have never seen in all my years of being a Republican. If you are a Republican and if you actually believe in what the Republican Party has believed in in the past, starting with Ronald Reagan, it's all very sickening."
In recent days, Trump has continued his war of words with Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the parents of a hero Army captain who died in a bomb explosion in 2004; has told a mother to remove her baby from one of his appearances; quipped that he "always wanted a Purple Heart"; and refused to back John McCain, Paul Ryan, and Kelly Ayotte in their reelection bids. All actions, the morning program said, cause them great concern about Trump's campaign and stability.
"It's not like we didn't say on this show that Donald Trump didn't give a damn about the Republican Party," said Scarborough. "He cares about himself. He'll contradict himself. Say something one minute, and contradict himself three minutes later. Contradict himself again and say things that are clearly false, that any rational person would know there's videotape to show that he had taken a different position a day or two before."
Co-host Mika Brzezinski responded that it's not only Trump's "lies," which are "obvious and daily and weekly," but "it is his complete lack of care for the people of this country. He does not have dedication to this country."
And she continued that Trump's brand is in jeopardy, and he won't be able to go back to life as he knew it.
"If he cares about anything, care about your brand and start acting like an American," Brzezinski said.
Scarborough said Trump's family is also being damaged by the chaos, and his children are constantly answering for his comments.
Scarborough said he's known Trump for around a dozen years, and his actions are not rational.
"It's as if he's trying to blow himself up," he said. "It's one thing or another."
NBC's Harold Ford said that Trump's actions are "painful to watch," and he does not know how he can "deny over and over again" to the Khan family that he called a ban on Muslims coming into the United States.
Khan's speech during the Democratic National Convention was "one of the most patriotic
speeches I've ever heard given by a Muslim American, and it brought an end to this campaign," said Ford.
Scarborough said that the campaign is in worse shape than people have imagined, and Trump's own family can't control him, nor can campaign officials like Paul Manafort.
He also noted that there was a conspiracy theory at the beginning of the campaign, that Bill Clinton and Trump talked on the phone for a long time, and that Clinton had encouraged him to run.
"The Clintons and he have been friends," said Scarborough "I'm not saying that those conspiracy theories are true, but if that was a conspiracy theory you were running with, you sure would have a lot of ammunition."
But it could be difficult for other Republicans to repudiate Trump, Scarborough acknowledged, especially McCain, who is a "lose-lose position," as he'll get "killed in the primary" if he doesn't support Trump, but will lose in the general election if he does.
"If you're McCain, just do the right thing," Scarborough urged.
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