Appearing on MSNBC hours after her uncle’s highly controversial White House press conference, where he hurled baseless claims about the integrity of the election, the clinical psychologist said that “we are seeing a man who is in a unique position.”
“Donald has never been in this place before where there’s nobody to bail him out, there’s nobody to buy him out. He’s desperate, he’s flailing, and there’s literally nothing he can do legitimately except to watch this play out helplessly.”
Author of a tell-all book on her uncle, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created The World’s Most Dangerous Man,” Mary Trump said her uncle’s remarks gave a good indication of what’s to come, “especially if the Republican leadership continues to do nothing”.
″This wasn’t just Donald obfuscating or lying," she said. "This was Donald talking about an attempted coup. The leader of a country trying desperately to delegitimise an election. It’s obscene, and somebody’s got to step in and stop it.”
Quoting a Washington Post report which described Mr Trump’s reaction as a “downward spiral”, anchor Lawrence O’Donnell suggested a parallel with former President Richard Nixon during his last days in the Oval Office, before seeking a response from Mary Trump on what her uncle might be “going through in the White House now?”
“Oh, he’s in an uncontrollable rage, I would imagine,” she replied. Highlighting the difference, she said, “that though it is never good to know that the person in the Oval Office is decompensating,” it is Mr Trump’s public statement that “we need to be worried about”.
Mary Trump also said that the fact that Republicans have gained seats in the House and appear poised to maintain the party’s Senate majority means the president will experience the potential loss as a repudiation and rejection of him personally.
“And he is not going to get beyond that, and it’s going to be a very dangerous couple of months,” she said.
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