Top Bush aide to GOP: ‘It’s time to panic’

A former aide to President George W. Bush and opinion writer for The Washington Post wrote Thursday night that it’s time for the GOP to “panic” about President Trump’s fitness for office.

Michael Gerson, who served as a deputy assistant and director of speechwriting in the Bush administration, writes that Trump’s personal conflicts with his advisers, aides and lawmakers in his own party should concern leaders that Trump's "unfitness" to serve as president could do permanent damage to the country.

“It is no longer possible to safely ignore the leaked cries for help coming from within the administration,” Gerson writes. “They reveal a president raging against enemies, obsessed by slights, deeply uninformed and incurious, unable to focus, and subject to destructive whims.”

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The president’s feud with Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerSenate campaign fundraising reports roll in Congress should take the lead on reworking a successful Iran deal North Korea tensions ease ahead of Winter Olympics MORE (R-Tenn.) has made headlines this month, as have reports that Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonDecline in US travel spurs business push for visitors Overnight Defense: GOP chair blames Dems for defense budget holdup | FDA, Pentagon to speed approval of battlefield drugs | Mattis calls North Korea situation 'sobering' Mattis: North Korea situation 'sobering' MORE called Trump a “moron,” that chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE is frustrated to the point of wanting to leave his post and that Trump “hates everyone in the White House.”

In the op-ed, Gerson railed against the GOP and accused Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanGOP leaders pitch children's health funding in plan to avert shutdown Lawmakers see shutdown’s odds rising Fix what we’ve got and make Medicare right this year MORE (R-Wis.) of "bland complacency" in Trump's antics, warning that it is time for elected Republicans to voice their concerns about the president as Corker has.

“The time for whispered criticisms and quiet snickering is over," Gerson writes. "The time for panic and decision is upon us.”