WATCH: Bob Woodward Says Trump is “Assassinating the Presidency”

Last night’s dumpster fire debate in Cleveland was too much even for legendary Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward. Woodward famously keeps his political leanings to himself. He has never revealed who he’s voted for in past elections. And while recently discussing the process through which he interviewed Trump for his book “Rage,” Woodward said, “It is a nonpartisan tape recorder. My approach is aggressively nonpartisan.”

But this morning during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” he told us all what he thinks of Donald Trump’s performance Tuesday night and as president.

“I don’t want to overstate this, but he is assassinating the presidency,” Woodward said. The veteran journalist also offered an insight into why he concludes at the end of “Rage” that Trump is not up for the job of president:

“The job of president is (to) protect the people, tell the truth, provide some sort of moral compass, sort of ‘hey, this is why we’re doing it, this is where we’re going. I spent a lot of time talking to him over this year and he will give out words but there’s nothing behind it and that was revealed last night.”

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Based on his decades of perspective gleaned from reporting on the inner workings of the presidency and federal government, Woodward also had this sobering observation:

“People are going to have to unwind some of this and make sense of our democracy in the coming four months before the next president takes office. Big mess on our hands. Always the question is: are the institutions up to it? And I have to vote doubt on that. I don’t know whether we have a process or the leadership out there that can gather the remnants that are on the floor that Trump has shredded … and put it back together. Sorry to be a pessimist.”

Watch Woodward’s comments in the clip below, courtesy of MSNBC and “Morning Joe.”

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