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 TrumpKinzinger welcomes baby boy Tennessee lawmaker presents self-defense bill in 'honor' of Kyle Rittenhouse Five things to know about the New York AG's pursuit of Trump 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 ObamaDemocrats make final plea for voting rights ahead of filibuster showdown Biden nominates Jane Hartley as ambassador to UK To boost economy and midterm outlook, Democrats must pass clean energy bill 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 TrumpRaskin: Grisham told Jan. 6 panel about 'names that I had not heard before' Grisham says former Trump officials meeting next week 'to try and stop him' Former Trump press secretary to meet Wednesday with Jan. 6 committee 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.