CNN White House Correspondent: Trump is in 'Deep Psychological Distress'

CNN White House correspondent John Harwood has accused Donald Trump of being in "deep psychological distress." His proof for that claim? The president's "dark" White House speech on Thursday. He believes that Trump's speech had some sort of underlying cry for help.

Here is a partial transcript:

CNN correspondent Brianna Keilar asked, “This was more like — this was just a monologue. John Harwood, you covered him day in, day out. What struck you?”

Hardwood responded, “Look, this is a very disturbing tableau for the country. It was dark because he’s made clear that his mind is dark. This is someone in deep psychological distress right now, self-pitying, insecure, angry. He said almost plaintively at the end, when he was reading a text from Strzok to Page, he said, ‘I’m not a bad person.’"

"He was sort of imploring people to accept that view of him. When Kaitlan and Alexi said he thinks, ‘I did nothing wrong,’ that sentence stops with the word ‘I.’ Because with Donald Trump, if he did it, it’s not wrong. He doesn’t recognize abstract concepts like right and wrong, like morality or immorality, like true or false. He recognizes what is good for him in the moment," he continued.

"What has happened, what Mitt Romney has done by casting that vote, what Nancy Pelosi has done, has felt very, very unpleasant to him," Hardwood added. "He said impeachment is a very ugly word. By going after Romney, the other part of it that is I think striking, is the entire Republican Party reduced to sitting there, applauding this rambling, disordered set of remarks, and one of the reasons why it is an uncomfortable moment for them is that Mitt Romney, when he gave that speech, said, ‘I’ve looked at the facts. I’ve come to the conclusion and I can’t avoid this.’"

"He stripped naked the rationalizations that they have used for their votes," the correspondent declared, "Remember, they started off saying, once the whistleblower broke, they started out saying, ‘Obviously it would be terrible if there was a quid pro quo, but there is no evidence of a quid pro quo.’ Now, when we got to the end of the process, Ted Cruz told the White House lawyers, ‘Well, we all know there’s a quid pro quo.’ And what they’re saying is, ‘Yes, there was a quid pro quo, they proved their case, but it’s not that big a deal.’"

Hardwood concluded, "They were starting from the end point of protecting this president and Romney has shown that the calculations behind that are pretty hollow.”

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