Napolitano: Trump's 'dog whistles of lawless behavior' call into question his fitness for office

Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew NapolitanoAndrew Peter NapolitanoFox's Napolitano predicts Trump will testify on own behalf at Senate trial Fox's Napolitano says obstruction 'easiest' impeachment offense for Democrats Fox's Napolitano: Trump loses the 'unfair' argument by not participating in hearings MORE said Monday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpLawmakers prep ahead of impeachment hearing Democrats gear up for high-stakes Judiciary hearing Warren says she made almost M from legal work over past three decades MORE's "foul language" and "dog whistles of lawless behavior to many of his supporters" call into question "the president's fitness for office.”

"He publicly calls people crude names, uses foul language, and sends dog whistles of lawless behavior to many of his supporters," said Napoltano on "Liberty File" on Fox Nation, the network's streaming service that launched one year ago. "All of that is a question of free speech, personal taste and political risk."

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"But threats to ignore parts of the Constitution are not matters of speech, taste or risk," the former judge continued. "They reveal character traits but question the president’s fitness for office.”  

Napolitano has emerged as one of Trump's "bluntest critics" on Fox News amid the impeachment inquiry over the president’s dealings with Ukraine, per an Associated Press profile published Monday.

In the same profile, Napolitano was asked if he would vote to impeach the president if he were a Democrat in the House.

“If I could modify your question to ask if there’s a legal basis to argue high crimes and misdemeanors, then the answer is yes,” Napolitano said. “That’s really beyond dispute ... If I were a Democrat in the House, which I am not and never will be, I would vote to impeach.”

The perspective comes as the political world braces for the first televised public hearings in the impeachment probe, set to begin on Wednesday.