Why Trump sucks

What Republicans really think about him

Name & highest office held


Quote & source

Peggy Noonan
Chief speechwriter, Ronald Reagan; Wall Street Journalcolumnist

He hasn’t been equal to the crises. He never makes anything better. And everyone kind of knows.—WSJ, June 25, 2010


He’s surrounded now in his White House and the agencies by…a second-string, ragtag, unled army.—WSJ, Nov. 2, 2019

Mike Pompeo
Secretary of State

He is so full of shit.—NYT, June 17, 2020

Lindsay Graham
Senator, SC

He's a race-baiting, xenophobic religious bigot. He doesn't represent my party. He doesn't represent the values that the men and women who wear the uniform are fighting for.— CNN, Dec. 8, 2015

John Bolton
National Security Adviser; Ambassador to UN

His thinking was like an archipelago of dots (like individual real estate deals), leaving the rest of us to discern, or create, policy.—NYT, June 17, 2020

Paul Ryan
Speaker of the House

He didn't know anything about government. … I wanted to scold him all the time.—Tim Alberta, American Carnage

General Jim Mattis
Secretary of Defense

What am I going to say that will inform you any more about President Trump? … I quit on him. I think that says enough.—WSJ, Dec. 13, 2019


Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people; does not even pretend to try. Instead he tries to divide us.— CNN, June 3, 2020

Kim Darroch
British ambassador to US under Conservative PMs Cameron, May, Johnson

For a man who has risen to the highest office on the planet, President Trump radiates insecurity. … We don't really believe this administration is going to become substantially more normal; less dysfunctional; less unpredictable; less faction riven; less diplomatically clumsy and inept. … The stories about White House knife fights are, we judge, mostly true: multiple sources and confirmed by our own White House contacts. This is a uniquely dysfunctional environment.—The Mail, July 6, 2019

General John Kelly
Trump chief of staff

He's an idiot. It's pointless to try to convince him of anything. He's gone off the rails. We're in Crazytown.—Bob Woodward, Fear: Trump in the White House.

Mitt Romney
Senator, Utah; Republican presidential nominee 

His bankruptcies have crushed small businesses and the men and women who work for them. He inherited his business, he didn’t create it. … A business genius he is not. … Donald Trump tells us that he is very, very smart. I’m afraid that when it comes to foreign policy he is very, very not smart. … Dishonesty is Donald Trump’s hallmark. … Think of Donald Trump’s personal qualities. The bullying, the greed, the showing off, the misogyny, the absurd third grade theatrics.—NYT, March 3, 2016

Bob Corker
Senator, Tenn.

It’s a shame the White House has become an adult day care center.—NYT, Oct. 8, 2017

Gary Scott Smith
Historian, Grove City College “conservative, Christian” 

Trump’s demeanor, character, and policies seem to be little connected with the religious values he praised.The Catholic World Report, Feb. 7, 2017

Dave Trott
Congressman, Mich.

Psychologically, morally, intellectually, and emotionally unfit for office.—CNN, Dec. 24, 2019

Rex Tillerson
Secretary of State

A fucking moron.—NBC News, Oct. 4, 2017

Gary Cohn
Chief Economic Adviser

Dumb as shit.—Michael Wolff, Fire and Fury

Steve Bannon
Chief Strategist; CEO 2016 Trump campaign

Like an 11-year-old child.—Vanity Fair, Dec. 21, 2017


Rick Wilson
Republican operative; Guiliani adviser

Everything Trump touches dies. … Trump lacked the moral and personal character to be the leader of the free world.—Everything Trump touches dies, 2018 book

George Conway
Husband, Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway; lawyer

You're mentally unwell. You engage in bizarre, irrational, self-defeating behavior, which prompts criticism of you, which triggers more bizarre, irrational, self-defeating behavior. You would have been fired from any other job by now.—Tweet, June 9, 2019

General H.R. McMaster
National Security Adviser

A “dope” with the intelligence of a “kindergartner.”—BuzzFeed News, July 2017

Anthony Scaramucci
Trump Communications Director

He's sounding more and more nonsensical. … For the last 3 years, I have fully supported this President. … Eventually he turns on everyone and soon it will be you and then the entire country.—CNN, Aug. 12, 2019

Joe Walsh
Congressman, Ill.

He’s nuts, he’s erratic, he’s cruel, he stokes bigotry. … This guy is unfit to be President.—ABC, This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Aug. 25, 2019

David Jolly
Congressman, Fla.

He’s a fraud. He’s a huckster.— Hardball, MSNBC, Sept. 12, 2019

Bill Kristol
Chief of Staff, VP Dan Quayle

Loathsome…a con man…a charlatan and a demagogue…soiling the robe of conservatism.— Politico, July–August 2016

Carl Cameron
Chief political correspondent, Fox News

This is a cry-baby president.—CNN, Aug. 28, 2019

Wall Street Journal, lead editorial

As commander-in-chief, Mr. Trump has been mostly tactical and rarely strategic. He shifts positions from week to week, even day to day, for the sake of a summit or short-term appearances. Allies are informed about his reversals after the fact and left to wonder if they can still rely on the United States of America. … Mr. Trump’s judgment can be so reckless.—Oct. 12, 2019

Liz Cheney
Congresswoman; chair, House Republican Conference

Impossible to understand why Trump is leaving America's allies to be slaughtered and enabling the return of ISIS.—CNN, Oct. 10, 2019

Jeff Flake
Senator, Ariz.

A man who has, now more than ever, proved to be so manifestly undeserving of the highest office that we have.—Washington Post, Sept. 30, 2019

Mark Galli
Editor, Christianity Today

This president has dumbed down the idea of morality in his administration. … His Twitter feed alone—with its habitual string of mischaracterizations, lies, and slanders—is a near perfect example of a human being who is morally lost and confused. …

To the many evangelicals who continue to support Mr. Trump… Remember who you are and whom you serve. Consider how your justification of Mr. Trump influences your witness to your Lord and Savior. Consider what an unbelieving world will say if you continue to brush off Mr. Trump’s immoral words and behavior in the cause of political expediency.— Christianity Today, Dec. 19, 2019

Peter Wehner
Anti-abortion advocate; official under the Bushes and Reagan

Seeing him for what he is—a terribly damaged soul, a broken man, a person with a disordered mind—should not lessen our revulsion at how Trump mistreats others, at his cruelty and dehumanizing actions.— The Atlantic, Sept. 9, 2019

Jennifer Horn
Chair, New Hampshire Republican Party

Trump delivers a daily dose of dangerous and ill-informed nonsense. He’s left the nation weaker, sicker, and teetering on the verge of a new Great Depression. In a time of deep suffering and loss, Donald Trump continues with his failed leadership and his inability to put the country before himself.—Manchester Union-Leader, April 29, 2020

Kurt Bardella
Spokesman, Breitbart News; Republican political operative

President Trump … would rather elect a sexual predator who preys on teenagers at the local mall than a crime-fighting prosecutor who happens to be a Democrat.—USA Today, Dec. 8, 2017

J.W. Verret
Trump transition team official; counsel to House committee; faculty, Antonin Scalia Law School

Criticisms of President Trump’s lack of character and unfitness for office were spot-on.— The Atlantic, April 23, 2019

Thomas P. Bossert
Homeland Security Adviser; deputy advisor to George W. Bush

I am deeply frustrated with what he and the legal team is doing and repeating that debunked theory to the president. It sticks in his mind when he hears it over and over again, and for clarity here, George, let me just again repeat that it has no validity.—ABC, This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Sept. 29, 2019