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Schmidt: Trump's 'only affinity for reading anything were the Adolf Hitler speeches he kept on his nightstand'

Schmidt: Trump's 'only affinity for reading anything were the Adolf Hitler speeches he kept on his nightstand'
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GOP strategist Steve Schmidt said Tuesday that President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump's Facebook ban to stay in place, board rules Trump allies launching nonprofit focused on voter fraud DOJ asks for outside lawyer to review Giuliani evidence MORE's "only affinity for reading anything were the Adolf Hitler speeches he kept on his nightstand" during an appearance on "Morning Joe."

Schmidt, Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainBudowsky: Liz Cheney vs. conservatives in name only Cheney slams Trump on 'big lie' over election Exclusive — Cruz, Rubio ramp up criticisms of big business MORE's (R-Ariz.) presidential campaign manager in 2008, also said Trump's victory over Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPelosi's archbishop calls for Communion to be withheld from public figures supporting abortion rights Hillary Clinton: Biden less 'constrained' than Clinton and Obama due to prior administration Biden's unavoidable foreign policy crisis MORE was a fluke.

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"So in the 240th year of the independence of the United States, in three states by 78,000 votes, the American people by a fluke elected an imbecilic former reality TV show host and con man whose only affinity for reading anything were the Adolf Hitler speeches he kept on his night stand," Schmidt told co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.

Schmidt, a regular on the show, has been prolific in making headlines with critical remarks about Trump. 

On Tuesday, he argued the country was in decline because of the president. 

"America’s decline is now beginning and we should make no mistake about this. The U.S.-led liberal global order is in peril. It’s in threat," he said. "Will he take us out of the World Trade Organization? Will he undermine the international system that Franklin Roosevelt conceived, that Harry Truman built, that was sustained through Ronald Reagan and Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaGender politics hound GOP in Cheney drama Never underestimate Joe Biden Afghanistan withdrawal: Trump fumbles, Biden scores MORE? It’s anyone’s guess, but the idea that tomorrow will be OK because yesterday was or last year was is a naive view of the world."

The commentary comes one week after the MSNBC political analyst announced he was leaving the Republican Party.

Schmidt is the second member of the "Morning Joe" team to leave the GOP. In July 2017, Scarborough, a former Republican congressman, announced he was becoming an independent on Stephen Colbert's late-night show on CBS, citing Trump as the primary reason.

Schmidt, one of the president's staunchest critics at MSNBC, also slammed Melania TrumpMelania TrumpJill Biden a key figure in push to pitch White House plans Petition calls for Jill Biden to undo Trump-era changes to White House Rose Garden Fox News's Bret Baier posts vaccination selfie MORE on Monday, calling the first lady "a con artist" after she said “kindness, compassion and positivity are very important traits in life" during a speech at the Students Against Destructive Decisions' annual conference in Tyson's Corner, Va.