After a top impeachment lawyer for President Donald Trump argued that nothing a president does that he feels might get himself reelected can be an impeachable offense, according to a Washington Post report, the writer who co-authored Trump's 1987 bestseller The Art of the Deal issued a dire warning.
In a second term, an unleashed Trump may threaten the physical safety of his enemies and could even shut down programming on the liberal-leaning cable news network MSNBC, said Tony Schwartz, who has now become an outspoken Trump critic after writing Trump's most popular book for him more than three decades ago.
Schwartz made the unsettling comments during an appearance on that same cable news network on Thursday during a break in coverage of the impeachment trial, as seen in the video below on this page.
On the Senate floor on Wednesday, Trump lawyer Alan Dershowitz appeared to make the case for Trump's unchecked power, according to the Post report, saying that if any president does something "he believes will help him get elected in the public interest," he cannot be impeached for that act.
Shortly after Dershowitz made the argument, MSNBC host Chris Hayes took to his own Twitter account, where he wrote that the "logical extension" of Dershowitz's claim was that "if the president ordered his election opponent arrested that would be fine" as long as he believes that he is ordering the arrest in the "national interest."
But Schwartz took Hayes' argument further, in an MSNBC panel discussion, saying that "it's easy for me to imagine that this show can't happen," if no checks are placed on Trump's power.