CNN’s Jim Acosta suggested that President Donald Trump oftentimes purposefully acts mentally ill in an attempt to “control the narrative.”
“I tell folks, I’m not a psychiatrist,” Acosta said Sunday on CNN’s Reliable Sources. “I will tell you my sense of it is … he’s more crazy like a fox.”
Acosta’s comments are a play on the term “dumb like a fox” which suggests a person is acting ignorant in an attempt to not be taken seriously and then gain leverage over others.
CNN’s chief White House correspondent, who was appearing on the show to promote his new book, said Steve Bannon explained to him that Trump is obsessed with controlling the national conversation surrounding his administration.
“What Trump tries to do is really control the narrative by saying sensational things that sound wild and nutty,” Acosta said. “And he does this because he knows it dominates the news cycle.”
Trump’s critics have pointed to several comments and nicknamed the president uses as evidence that he is mentally unfit for office.
Attorney George Conway, Kellyanne Conway’s husband, regularly suggests Trump is unfit to serve as president.
“What’s astonishing is the media’s and the nation’s utter failure to confront the fact that we have a psychologically unwell and unfit president,” George Conway tweeted Sunday.
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