During an MSNBC segment on overheated political rhetoric Saturday, Howard Dean used the opportunity to tar President Trump as “evil” and a “cult” leader.
Not just once, either. The former Democratic presidential candidate called Trump “evil” eight times in just 60 seconds of talking.
“This has now become a struggle about good versus evil,” Dean said. “And the President of the United States is evil.”
Asked about how Trump uses the influence he has, the Vermont Democrat said Trump is running “a giant cult.”
”What Trump does with the power that people give him who are frustrated, angry, so forth, he turns it to evil,” the former governor opined. “That’s the problem with Trump. I don’t know that he intends to do evil. I think he’s so screwed up himself, he is a narcissist, so he has a giant cult. He also has a party that knows very well that he is a giant cult, but is going along with him because in the short-term that’s their way to power.”
Dean chastised Republicans for not standing up to Trump, and then said America is now at its historical lowest point.
“This is a low point in the history of the republic,” he continued. “It’s not just because Trump is a cult figure, it’s because his own party will not call him out on it because it’s in their short-term interests not to do so. It’s going to cost the party a lot of — cost the country a lot of pain. It’s going to cause even the people in this cult even more pain because they’re weak, they’re fearful to begin with. That will not get better under Donald Trump.”
Later, Dean sounded off on Trump again, this time accusing Trump of being “evil” six times:
REID: “Howard Dean, are there enough people on the other side of that equation to at least put some balance of power in Washington so that this ideology, which has clearly infiltrated what used to be the mainstream part of the Republican Party and merged it which what used to be the fringe, are there enough people on the other side to at least switch one House of Congress to the other party?”
DEAN: “Look, the young people in this country are not with this sort of evil, nasty, authoritarianism you see now the Republican Party has become. They’re not. And 69 percent of people under 30 voted for Ralph Northam. Ralph Northam is not a Bernie Sanders, Ralph Northam is a centrist Democrat. The young people in this country are sick of this. They’re now realizing, as of 2016, that their vote controls their future. If we fail, they have no future in America. They know it. So I think we are going to do well, I think we are going to take back the country. Look, evil lurks in the hearts of men. It does. What Trump has tapped into is evil. Eventually we’ll overcome that. Because the Republicans are always about the past and they’re always about the fear of the future. Democrats have made plenty of mistakes, but they are about the future and idealism, and making America a better place. I think, in the end, hope wins over evil. But it takes a long time and both of those lurk in human kind. And that’s what this struggle is about. This has now become a struggle about good versus evil. And the President of the United States is evil.”