Former Bush aide issues startling warning to GOP: 'It's time to panic'

For the Republican Party, it’s time to panic. That’s what a former top aide to President George W. Bush wrote in the Washington Post Friday. 

"Trump’s quote, 'fundamental unfitness' to serve as president could do permanent damage to the country," Michael Gerson, who was the director of speechwriting in the 43rd president's White House said.

He wrote specifically about the president’s Twitter feud with Senator Bob Corker, in which he called the Tennessee Republican “Liddle Bob Corker” and blamed him for the Iran nuclear deal and said Corker didn’t have the guts to run for re-election. 

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Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump greets Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) at a campaign rally in Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S., July 5, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
It's a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.
Bob Corker gave us the Iran Deal, & that's about it. We need HealthCare, we need Tax Cuts/Reform, we need people that can get the job done!
Senator Bob Corker "begged" me to endorse him for re-election in Tennessee. I said "NO" and he dropped out (said he could not win without...
...Hence, I would fully expect Corker to be a negative voice and stand in the way of our great agenda. Didn't have the guts to run!
..my endorsement). He also wanted to be Secretary of State, I said "NO THANKS." He is also largely responsible for the horrendous Iran Deal!
The Failing @nytimes set Liddle' Bob Corker up by recording his conversation. Was made to sound a fool, and that's what I am dealing with!
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump listens as Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) speaks at a campaign rally in Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S., July 5, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
UNITED STATES - JULY 5: Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, and Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., appear on stage during a rally at the Duke Energy Center in Raleigh, N.C., July 5, 2016. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Bob Corker, who helped President O give us the bad Iran Deal & couldn't get elected dog catcher in Tennessee, is now fighting Tax Cuts....
...Corker dropped out of the race in Tennesse when I refused to endorse him, and now is only negative on anything Trump. Look at his record!
Isn't it sad that lightweight Senator Bob Corker, who couldn't get re-elected in the Great State of Tennessee, will now fight Tax Cuts plus!
Same untruths from an utterly untruthful president. #AlertTheDaycareStaff
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Gerson also went after Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, accusing him of “bland complacency.” 

Now there’s been some talk in DC about a specific part of the 25th Amendment that says a majority of the cabinet and the Vice President can come together to remove Trump from office. 

The provision would allow for a written declaration that the president is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office," and Gerson suggests the time has come. 

But the real problem has always been Trump’s fundamental unfitness for high office. It is not Trump’s indiscipline and lack of leadership, which make carrying a legislative agenda forward nearly impossible. It is not his vulgarity and smallness, which have been the equivalent of spray-painting graffiti on the Washington Monument. It is not his nearly complete ignorance of policy and history, which condemns him to live in the eternal present of his own immediate desires.

No, Corker has given public permission to raise the most serious questions: Is Trump psychologically and morally equipped to be president? And could his unfitness cause permanent damage to the country?

It is no longer possible to safely ignore the leaked cries for help coming from within the administration. They reveal a president raging against enemies, obsessed by slights, deeply uninformed and incurious, unable to focus, and subject to destructive whims.

"The time for whispered criticisms and quiet snickering is over. The time for panic and decision is upon us," Gerson added. 

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Sep 28, 2017; Jersey City, NJ, USA; Former U.S. Presidents (from Left) Barack Obama and George W. Bush and Bill Clinton smile during the first round foursomes match of The President's Cup golf tournament at Liberty National Golf Course. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
JERSEY CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 28: Former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama and PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan during the trophy ceremony during the first round of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club on September 28, 2017, in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)
JERSEY CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 28: Former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama pose for a selfie with Phil Mickelson of the U.S. Team during the trophy ceremony during the first round of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club on September 28, 2017, in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)
JERSEY CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 28: Former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama talk with Phil Mickelson of the U.S. Team during the trophy ceremony during the first round of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club on September 28, 2017, in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)
JERSEY CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 28: Former President Barack Obama acknowledges the crowd during the trophy ceremony during the first round of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club on September 28, 2017, in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)
JERSEY CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 28: Former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama during the trophy ceremony during the first round of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club on September 28, 2017, in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)
When you can take a selfie with three US Presidents, you do it!! https://t.co/E3pNlZ07gs
No caption needed @presidentscup
JERSEY CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 28: Former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama during the trophy ceremony during the first round of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club on September 28, 2017, in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)
JERSEY CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 28: Former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama during the trophy ceremony during the first round of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club on September 28, 2017, in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)
JERSEY CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 28: Former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama during the trophy ceremony during the first round of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club on September 28, 2017, in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)
JERSEY CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 28: Patrick Reed of the U.S. Team, Jordan Spieth of the U.S. Team, Si Woo Kim of South Korea and the International Team and Emiliano Grillo of Argentina and the International Team pose with former presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton during the trophy ceremony during the first round of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club on September 28, 2017, in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)
JERSEY CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 28: Former President Barack Obama shakes hands with Dustin Johnson of the U.S. Team during the first round of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club on September 28, 2017, in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)
JERSEY CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 28: Former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama during the trophy ceremony during the first round of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club on September 28, 2017, in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)
JERSEY CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 28: Rickie Fowler of the U.S. Team and Justin Thomas of the U.S. Team and Charl Schwartzel of South Africa and the International Team and Hideki Matsuyama of Japan and the International Team pose with Former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama during the trophy ceremony during the first round of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club on September 28, 2017, in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)
JERSEY CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 28: Former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama pose during the trophy ceremony during the first round of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club on September 28, 2017, in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)
JERSEY CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 28: Cheryl Lee and Mark Lee Jr., honoring Fire Captain Mark Lee Sr., of Engine Company 10 pose with Former Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush during the first round of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club on September 28, 2017, in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)
JERSEY CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 28: Former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama during the trophy ceremony during the first round of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club on September 28, 2017, in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)
JERSEY CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 28: Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton pose with the U.S. Team wives and girlfriends during the first round of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club on September 28, 2017, in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)
JERSEY CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 28: Former U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Adam Scott of Australia and the International Team on the frist tee during Thursday foursome matches of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club on September 28, 2017 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
JERSEY CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 28: Former President Barack Obama shakes hands with Jordan Spieth of the U.S. Team during the trophy presentation during the first round of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club on September 28, 2017, in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)
JERSEY CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 28: Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton pose with the International Team wives and girlfriends during the first round of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club on September 28, 2017, in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)
JERSEY CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 28: Captain's assistant Tiger Woods of the U.S. Team speaks to former U.S. President Barack Obama on the first tee during Thursday foursome matches of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club on September 28, 2017 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
JERSEY CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 28: (L-R) Former U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama attend the trophy presentation prior to Thursday foursome matches of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club on September 28, 2017 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
JERSEY CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 28: (L-R) Former U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama attend the trophy presentation prior to Thursday foursome matches of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club on September 28, 2017 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
JERSEY CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 28: (L-R) Former U.S. President Barack Obama, Former U.S. President George W. Bush and former U.S. President Bill Clinton attend the trophy presentation prior to Thursday foursome matches of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club on September 28, 2017 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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