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NYT’s Bret Stephens Slams GOP for Not Condemning Trump’s ‘Lunacy’ and ‘Psychotic Behavior’

While some Republicans are distancing themselves from President Donald Trump, whose White House tenure is racking up a number of black marks, New York Times columnist Bret Stephens shamed the party for not acting sooner.

“It’s too late,” he told MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace during an interview Thursday, adding that the GOP “should have been doing from the earliest days of the Trump presidency when the lies began to accumulate, the kind of psychopathic behavior, if that’s the right word, on the part of the president. The bullying and abuses of his members of his own administration, The denigration of racial minorities, Charlottesville.”

Wallace had been asking about a Times story from the previous day in which it was reported that senior party leaders had been urging elected officials to become vocal critics of the president as the allegedly criminal pasts of former associates Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort come to light.

The problem, Stephens argued, was that Republicans had sacrificed their own ideologies in favor of propping up the president, regardless of his long history of bad behavior.

“They closed their eyes in the face of increasing evidence of malfeasance, misfeasance, incompetence, lunacy on the president’s part,” Stephens said. “They allowed their long held views to be completely perverted and distorted. They started sounding like people who would have been unrecognizable to themselves just a few years earlier.”

Wallace called it pure politics motivated by the upcoming midterm elections.

“What’s wrong is the shallowness of it,” she said, noting that “it’s not from a place of moral outrage” but because they’d soon be on the ballot.

Watch the clip above via MSNBC.

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