Republican strategist and ABC political commentator Matthew Dowd blasted President Donald Trump on Sunday, calling him a “weak person’s idea of a strong person.”
Mediaite.com reported that Dowd was speaking with Martha Raddatz on ABC’s “This Week” when he took exception to Trump’s offensive encouragement of police brutality during an appearance before a group of Long Island, NY law enforcement officials.
“Like, when you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put the hand over,” Trump said. “Like, don’t hit their head and they’ve just killed somebody. Don’t hit their head. I said, you can take the hand away, okay?”
“It’s hard to believe that I can continually be shocked by the president’s behavior. But I am continually shocked by the president’s behavior,” said Dowd, a veteran of Pres. George W. Bush’s administration.
“Donald Trump has a bizarre view of what it means to be a strong person,” he continued, “a bizarre view of what it means to be a strong person in this society, especially a strong man. To me, Donald Trump in his actions are a weak person’s idea of what a strong person is. The way you commit violence, how you act towards others, all of that. His idea of a strong person is bullying people. His idea of a strong police officer is mistreating people.”
“He’s somehow launched himself back in the 13th century about what he views as a strong person,” Dowd concluded.
The remarks echo commentators’ quips that Trump acts like a “stupid person’s idea of a smart person” and “a loser’s idea of a winner.”