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Bret Stephens Rips Lindsey Graham For Saying Trump’s Behavior is Strategic: ‘Turning Up the Heat on Stupid’

Is there a method to President Donald Trump‘s madness? One prominent Senator says yes. One New York Times op-ed columnist disagrees — to put it mildly.

Speaking with Hugh Hewitt, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) — a frequent Trump critic — told the conservative host that he believes there’s a bit more than meets the eye when it comes to the President’s behavior.

“There’s nothing unhinged about it,” Graham said. “It’s a political strategy that I’m not so sure is smart, but it’s a very thought-out strategy.”

On Deadline: White House Thursday, host Nicolle Wallace posited that Graham was simply trying to counter recent comments from Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper questioning Trump’s fitness for office.

“I have a theory that Lindsey Graham hears these questions from Corker and Clapper now on whether the president is fit to serve. I think Lindsey is a national security guy who understands how terrifying that is to the majority of Americans,” Wallace said. “I think he’s trying to turn the heat down on crazy.”

New York Times op-ed columnist Bret Stephens just didn’t buy it.

“He’s turning up the heat on stupid,” Stephens said. He added, “Is this a psychiatric question or just a question of mental competence? Because the approach of simply trying to denigrate persistently and nastily members of your own party, the people you need to move your legislation through is kind of extraordinary. I think what it says is that Trump is not fundamentally interested this being president.”

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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