President Donald Trump is "assassinating the presidency" with his actions, including his fiery debate performance against Democrat nominee Joe Biden that revealed nothing he hasn't been saying all along, journalist Bob Woodward said Wednesday.
"The job of a president is to protect the people, tell the truth, provide some sort of moral compass," Woodward, who interviewed the president for almost a year for his book "Rage," said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "He will give out words, but there's nothing behind it, and that was revealed last night."
Woodward noted that he spent "lots of time" listening to Trump over the past year, and "so many of these things he said last night he has said before."
That means that the president did not prepare for his first debate with Biden, Woodward added.
"He figured, 'I'll just wing it,' and of course, winging it describes his presidency," said Woodward. "He has not planned, he has not organized."
Trump is also obsessed with being reelected, said Woodward, but "what we saw last night is he has no idea how to win. He has no idea how to reach out to people."
Biden's performance wasn't perfect, but he still was talking to the voters, Woodward continued.
"You've got to put yourself in the place of somebody who has to actually go out and make a decision and who to vote for, and Trump is on a rant and rage," said Woodward. "I've never seen anything like it. Of course, none of us have because I don't think it's ever happened before."
He added that this is not a good time for Americans, considering the economy and the coronavirus pandemic, but Trump's reaction has been to "wing it, [have] no plan, absorb random information, and not really think it through."
That means there is a "big mess on our hands," said Woodward. "The question is, are the institutions up to it? I have to vote doubt on that."
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