Hot Mic: Trump is ‘Crazy’ — ‘I’m Worried’ Says GOP Senator


Hot mic moments often tell us what politicians really think when they are free to discuss America’s future without the fear of blowback from their constituents. Such a moment took place at the end of a Senate subcommittee hearing between Republican Senator Susan Collins, and Democrat Senator Jack Reed. The discussion was frank, and I must say, a bit scary. The conversation, which was recorded by a hot mic sitting in front of Susan Collins, and released by the Washington Post, went as follows:

Reed: “Yes, I think — I think he’s crazy (referring to President Trump). I mean, I don’t say that lightly and as a kind of a goofy guy.”
Collins: “I’m worried.”
Reed: “Oof, You know, this thing — if we don’t get a budget deal, we’re going to be paralyzed.”
Collins: “I know.”
Reed: “[The Department of Defense] is going to be paralyzed, everybody is going to be paralyzed.”
Collins: “I don’t think he[Trump] knows there is a [Budget Control Act (this defines the budget process)] or anything.”
Reed: “He was down at the Ford commissioning saying, ‘I want them to pass my budget.’ Okay, so we give him $54 billion and then we take it away across the board which would cause chaos.”
Collins: “Right.”
Reed: “It’s just — and he hasn’t — not one word about the budget. Not one word about the debt ceiling.”

The confidence of both Senators towards the President’s ability to handle the budget and passing through thoughtful legislation seem to be shaky at best. The government is currently funded through the current fiscal year, which runs until September 30. If Congress can not reach a deal by then, there is a real risk of a government shutdown. Considering that during the entire month of August they will be in recess, the month of September is going to be incredibly hectic for the President as well as members of the House and the Senate.  The conversation can be heard in the clip below:

As for the remark by Reed about Trump being ‘crazy’, apparently he’s not the only one who thinks such. In fact, the American Psychoanalytic Association has just told its 3,500 members that they are now allowed to defy the Goldwater rule. The Goldwater rule, for those who are wondering, is a longstanding rule against commenting publicly on the mental state of public figures.