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 John TrumpPompeo changes staff for Russia meeting after concerns raised about top negotiator's ties: report House unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Ben Carson: Trump is not a racist and his comments were not racist MORE's "only affinity for reading anything were the Adolf Hitler speeches he kept on his nightstand" during an appearance on "Morning Joe."

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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 ObamaImmigrant advocacy groups shouldn't be opposing Trump's raids More adult Twitter users follow Obama than Trump: survey Trump's no racist; he's an equal opportunity offender 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 TrumpCruz in 2016 said 'something fundamentally wrong' with Christians who back Trump: book Designer defends Melania Trump statue: 'People may laugh but the context still resonates' Melania Trump heading to West Virginia to discuss opioid epidemic 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.