On Friday’s weekly roundup on the PBS Newshour, after analyst David Brooks mentioned the Trump White House has a “perpetual unraveling” of workers, liberal analyst Mark Shields in contrast it to individuals making an attempt to escape the Berlin Wall, the place escapees have been usually killed by communist guards. “This White House is resembling nothing as much as East Berlin, in that there’s more people trying to get out than there are trying to get in.”
The topic was the resignation of White House workers secretary after two ex-wives accused him of home abuse. Brooks took a shot at chief of workers John Kelly: “We have learned a couple things about Kelly.He had the earlier comment that some of the DACA people [“Dreamers”] were lazy. And then he — but the guy who allegedly beats his wife is honorable. I mean, that’s a contrast.” He added “there’s just always this thing of perpetual unraveling and the cycling through of staff at this White House.”
JUDY WOODRUFF: Do we maintain — will we maintain the president — sure, we maintain the president accountable, Mark, however ought to — would it not make a distinction, let me ask it this manner, if the president have been to put totally different individuals in a few of these positions?
MARK SHIELDS: Judy, more and more, from my reporting and all the things I be taught, this White House is resembling nothing as a lot as East Berlin, in that there’s extra individuals making an attempt to get out than there are attempting to get in.
And it’s not — they haven’t been ready to, both primarily based on their false sense of loyalty that one had to have been a complete Trumpite from the start, no matter, they haven’t been ready to appeal to and maintain a gifted administrative workers. The one saving argument for John Kelly is that Rob Porter was the exception. He was ready. He was the de facto deputy chief of workers that Kelly didn’t have. I feel it’s honest to say that Kelly’s judgment has been significantly referred to as into query right here.
DAVID BROOKS: It’s about simply being a gentleman. The MeToo motion, all the things we now have seen during the last six months, it’s, are males — do they know what it’s like to be a gentleman and simply behave decently like a gentleman?
If you look by the historical past of our political leaders, Teddy Roosevelt, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, they have been gents. It’s not laborious. And but these as soon as — you lose the social requirements of how a person is meant to behave, you’ve got lots of dangerous stuff that comes out.
Do these individuals actually suppose everybody forgets that Bill Clinton was accused of pants-dropping sexual harassment and even rape? Few may bear in mind the PBS NewsHour rapidly got here out and criticized the media when the Monica Lewinsky scandal broke out.
These feedback got here on the finish of the phase, ten minutes in: