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 TrumpTrump claims media 'smeared' students involved in encounter with Native American man Al Sharpton criticizes Trump’s ‘secret’ visit to MLK monument Gillibrand cites spirituality in 2020 fight against Trump’s ‘dark’ values 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 McCainGrassley to test GOP on lowering drug prices Listen, learn and lead: Congressional newcomers should leave the extremist tactics at home Overnight Defense: Trump unveils new missile defense plan | Dems express alarm | Shutdown hits Day 27 | Trump cancels Pelosi foreign trip | Senators offer bill to prevent NATO withdrawal MORE's (R-Ariz.) presidential campaign manager in 2008, also said Trump's victory over Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonElise Stefanik seeks to tackle GOP’s women ‘crisis’ ahead of 2020 Russian pop star linked to Trump Tower meeting cancels US tour Graham angers Dems by digging into Clinton, Obama controversies 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 ObamaObama puts out call for service on MLK Day: ‘Make a positive impact on the world’ Trump, Pence visit MLK Memorial Trump offers to limit his border wall to strategic locations 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 TrumpOvernight Defense: Trump says he won't declare emergency 'so fast' | Shutdown on track to become longest ever | Military begins withdrawing equipment from Syria | Bolton taps new deputy Bolton names replacement for deputy who clashed with first lady The Hill's Morning Report — Groundhog Day: Negotiations implode as shutdown reaches 20 days 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.