- The Washington Times - Monday, March 6, 2017

David Letterman didn’t hold back his disdain for Donald Trump in a rare interview Sunday, calling the president a “stupid son of a b—-h” whose ignorance is “insulting to the office” he holds.

In a wide-ranging interview with Vulture, the former late-night host claimed that Mr. Trump is mentally unstable and that the American people need to protect themselves from him.

“Say the head of the family, let’s say his name was Larry Wasserstein. If Larry behaved the way Donald behaves, for even a six-week period, the family would get together and say, ‘Jesus, somebody better call the doctor,’” Mr. Letterman, 69, said. “Then they’d ask him to step down. But Trump’s the president and he can lie about anything from the time he wakes up to what he has for lunch and he’s still the president. I don’t get that.

“I’m tired of people being bewildered about everything he says: ‘I can’t believe he said that,’” he continued. “We gotta stop that and instead figure out ways to protect ourselves from him. We know he’s crazy.

“We don’t need more confirmation that there’s something wrong with Donald Trump,” he added. “Let’s instead find ways to rebuild what is rational. And the Democrats, goddamn it, get a little backbone, get a little spine.”

Mr. Letterman said the one thing Mr. Trump did that really rubbed him the wrong way was when he blasted Democratic Rep. John Lewis as “all talk” after the civil rights leader said he would boycott the Jan. 20 inauguration.

“So he announces he’s boycotting the inauguration. Trump hops on his Twitter device and describes John Lewis as just another all-talk, no-action congressman, so sad,” Mr. Letterman said.

“First of all, because I’m always thinking about myself, I think, ‘I was about John Lewis’s age when he marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Would I have had the guts to do that?’” he continued. “The all-talk John Lewis goes down there and gets a goddamned skull fracture. I mean, Trumpy will never have to worry about a skull fracture because of the hair. Thank you! How do you know if Donald Trump is lying? His lips are moving. Thank you!

“But in addition to every other thing that’s wrong with the Trump, he’s ignorant in a way that’s insulting to the office, insulting to America, insulting to human rights, insulting to civil rights, insulting to John Lewis,” he said. “Trump saying that broke my heart. I thought, ‘You stupid son of a b—-h. You ought to have known better than that.’”

Mr. Letterman, who retired in 2015 after 33 years as a late night host, said the only politician he trusts now is Democratic Sen. Al Franken, a former “Saturday Night Live” writer.

“The only person I can trust anymore is Al Franken, who has a great brain and a great heart. I believe what he says,” Mr. Letterman said, adding that Mr. Franken is “one of the one of the smartest people I’ve ever met. And one of the three funniest.”

He said the other two funniest are comedian Norm Macdonald and veteran “SNL” writer Jim Downey.

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