David Plouffe, who orchestrated President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign and was a former White House adviser, appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” and straight up called GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump a “psychopath” — much to the dismay of host Chuck Todd.
The political analyst said he used to think Trump “would try and do some things to appeal to the middle of the electorate, to appeal to suburban college-educated women,” but the business mogul has failed to do so.
“I mean, basically you have a psychopath running for president,” Plouffe added. “He’s the clinical definition, by the way.”
Trump and his surrogates, over the past weeks, have repeatedly diagnosed former secretary of state and Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, with a litany of diseases — including “dysphasia” — on live TV. However, when Plouffe, a Democrat, offhandedly returned the favor, Todd grew visibly agitated and blasted the strategist for his remarks.
“Wait a minute,” he interrupted. “Let me ask you, wait a minute. Do you really think — diagnosing people on air, and I assume you don’t have a degree in psychology. Is that fair? I mean we’re jumping to conclusions here and I think this is what has voters a little frustrated.”
Plouffe, now a senior vice president of policy and strategy at Uber, then listed the former reality TV star’s observable traits to support his argument.
“Well, listen. Grandiose notion of self worth, pathological lying, lack of empathy and remorse,” Plouffe recited. “I think he does, although I don’t have a degree.”
He then went on to opine that Trump has pretty much lost the election as Clinton is guaranteed 269 electoral votes.
“I think it's likely going to be a landslide,” Plouffe concluded.
Watch their entire exchange in the video above.
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