Former Rep. Trey Gowdy issued a rare rebuke of President Donald Trump this week.
During an interview with left-wing “comedian” Stephen Colbert, Gowdy appeared on his late-night show to promote his new book, titled, “Doesn’t Hurt To Ask.”
Gowdy was asked about the coronavirus and his opinion on how he thinks the Trump administration has handled the pandemic.
Gowdy did not necessarily tear into the president, but he did say that he wishes Trump would have acted sooner to encourage Americans to wear face masks.
Is this the worst comment? No.
But it’s a little bizarre that Gowdy would take the bait from Colbert — a well-documented anti-Trumper — and make a few negative comments about the president.
This is actually the second time in recent months where Gowdy has made a few not-so-flattering remarks about the president.
During an interview a few months ago on Fox & Friends, the former South Carolina GOP lawmaker said the president should not “punch down” at reporters during White House Coronavirus Task Force briefings.
To help avoid these confrontations and to dodge bad press, Gowdy recommended Trump let healthcare professionals handle questions on how to treat the virus.
Gowdy also said Trump should assume the role of “comforter in chief” to guide the American people through the coronavirus pandemic.
“My advice to the president is to let the healthcare professionals handle explaining our healthcare response. He should be the comforter-in-chief, the encourager-in-chief. He should mix in hope with a reality of the statistics, but let the healthcare professionals handle giving us advice on how we should treat this virus,” Gowdy said.
“It is very frustrating to feel like you’re constantly the object of unfair critique. But it’s been that way for four years, and I don’t think he needs to punch down to individual reporters during these White House briefings,” he added.
“I mean, let the doctors handle those questions, be the president of the United States. That’s an incredible honor that very few people will ever have, so don’t punch down the individual reporters as tempting as it may be,” he continued.
“This is an unprecedented event in our country, and it’s hard to be a leader, which is why so few people raise their hands and say, ‘I actually want to be the president of the United States,'” Gowdy said.
He continued, “Be the president of the United States. That’s an incredible honor very few people will ever have, so don’t punch down the individual reporters, as tempting as it may be.”
Gowdy said Trump has been fed up with the “D.C. media” who he said promoted the Democrats’ agenda to launch numerous investigations into his administration.
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