Former NBA star Charles Barkley said in a new interview that he is "angry and disgusted" with President TrumpDonald TrumpCheney says a lot of GOP lawmakers have privately encouraged her fight against Trump Republicans criticizing Afghan refugees face risks DeVos says 'principles have been overtaken by personalities' in GOP MORE's administration, citing Trump's Twitter habits and regular firing of administration employees as the biggest problems.
In an interview with CNN's "The Axe Files" on Saturday, Barkley told former Obama aide David Axelrod that he believes the Trump administration has been defined by chaos that pushes real issues to the side.
"I've never been more angry and disgusted at this situation than I am now. This turmoil every single day — the tweeting, the hiring and firing," Barkley told Axelrod.
"We have spent the last year talking about Russia every single day. Now we got Stormy [Daniels], now we got another girl, and I'm sitting here saying, 'When are we actually going to help the people?' " he said.
Barkley went on to accuse the president of doing an "awful" job of appearing to care about Americans from different demographics.
"Do we have some bad Hispanics? Of course, we do. Do we have some bad Muslims? Of course, we do. But I believe the majority of the Muslim people in this country are amazing, hard-working people. The President has done an awful job of trying to be inclusive," Barkley said.
"I think he reached a demographic who just won't look in a mirror and say 'my life sucks because of me,' " he added.
Barkley publicly took a stand against the Trump administration last year when he urged voters in his home state of Alabama to vote against Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreRoy Moore loses lawsuit against Sacha Baron Cohen Shelby backs ex-aide over Trump-favored candidate in Alabama Senate race Of inmates and asylums: Today's House Republicans make the John Birchers look quaint MORE (R), a controversial GOP Senate candidate supported by the president.
“When people in your own party say they won’t vote for you or support you, that’s a dead giveaway. It’s amazing,” Barkley said last year. “I am begging and urging everybody to get out, call all your friends. We’ve got to, at some point, we’ve got stop looking like idiots to the nation.”