Plouffe Annoys Chuck Todd When He Calls Trump a 'Psychopath'

August 28, 2016

The architect behind President Obama's successful 2008 campaign, David Plouffe, called Donald Trump a psychopath on Sunday's Meet the Press, drawing the ire of host Chuck Todd.

In a previous conversation with Todd, Plouffe had expressed concern with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton winning Virginia and Colorado. Noting the states seem safely in Clinton's column, Todd asked him how he didn't seem to assess those states correctly.

"I think the assessment was that Donald Trump would try and do some things to appeal to the middle of the electorate, to appeal to the suburban college educated women. He's not. Basically we have a psychopath running for president," Plouffe said. "He meets the clinical definition, OK?"

Todd immediately took issue with Plouffe diagnosing Trump on television and stopped him and asked if he had a degree in psychology.

"Is that fair? We're jumping to conclusions here," Todd said. "I think this is what gets voters a little frustrated with this campaign."

Plouffe admitted he did not but continued to hit Trump on his ego.

"The grandiose notion of self-worth, pathological lying, lack of empathy and remorse. Here's my—I think he does—I don't have a degree in psychology but here's, Chuck, basically where the race sits today, I think Hillary Clinton is guaranteed 269 electoral votes," he said.