Former Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma has asserted that President Donald Trump has a dangerous personality disorder, but that the Republican Party will continue to support him. Coburn's comments arrived after two Senate Republicans publicly criticized the president.
On Oct. 25, Coburn, a licensed medical doctor, questioned Trump's mental health during an interview, but asserted that the president was achieving enough to maintain his base of support.
"We have a leader who has a personality disorder," Coburn told The New York Times. "But he's done what he actually told the people he was going to do, and they're not going to abandon him."
During the 2016 presidential race, conservative Trump opponents touted Coburn as a possible third party challenger. Coburn shot down those suggestions at the time.
"I have concerns for the country for both nominees," Coburn told The Hill in July 2016. "Given the choice, I'll vote for Trump."
Coburn's latest remarks about Trump's mental health came one day after Republican Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee and Jeff Flake of Arizona publicly broke from the president.
On Oct. 24, Corker blasted Trump's social media criticisms of his record and stated that he would not support for the president for reelection.
"He's obviously not going to rise to the occasion as president," Corker told CNN... "...I think the debasement of our nation will be what he'll be remembered most for, and that's regretful."
That same day, Flake asserted that Trump was dangerous for democracy on the Senate floor and called on other GOP lawmakers to condemn him.
"Reckless, outrageous and undignified behavior has become excused and countenanced as 'telling it like it is,' when it is actually just reckless, outrageous, and undignified," Flake said, according to the Arizona Republic. "And when such behavior emanates from the top of our government, it is something else: It is dangerous to a democracy."
Both Corker and Flake plan to retire from Congress after their current terms end in 2018.
Trump took to social media on Oct. 25 to dismiss both Senate Republicans' criticisms: "The meeting with Republican Senators yesterday, outside of Flake and Corker, was a love fest with standing ovations and great ideas for USA!"
While Trump's support among congressional Republicans appears to have developed a crack, he remains solidly popular among Republican voters.
On Sept. 21, an NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey found that only 38 percent of Republican voters considered themselves more supportive to their party, while 58 percent said their support belonged more to Trump himself, according to NBC News.