Former director of National Intelligence James Clapper blasted US president Donald Trump’s performance during a campaign rally in Arizona on Tuesday, calling it “downright scary and disturbing.”
“It’s hard to know where to start,” Clapper said to CNN anchor Don Lemon. “It’s just so objectionable on so many levels.”
“You know, I’ve toiled in one capacity or another for every president since, and including, John F. Kennedy through President Obama, and I don’t know when I’ve listened and watched something like this from a president that I’ve found more disturbing,” Clapper continued.
“I find this downright scary and disturbing,” Clapper said. “This is not a surprise. It’s interesting to contrast last night’s teleprompter Trump performance versus tonight, which is of course, the ‘real’ Trump, just as it was at the unglued impromptu press conference at Trump tower.”
Clapper also questioned Trump’s fitness for president: “I really question his … fitness to be in this office. And I also am beginning to wonder about his motivation for it. Maybe he is looking for a way out.”
“He should have quit while he was ahead last night,” Clapper continued, as he referred to Trump’s measured speech on his strategy for Afghanistan on Monday. “But again, I think the ‘real’ Trump came through.”
But Clapper wasn’t finished with his critical assessment of Trump: “This behaviour and this divisiveness, and the complete intellectual, moral, and ethical void that the president of the United States exhibits, and how much longer does the country have to, to borrow a phrase, ‘endure this nightmare?'”