Presidential historian Douglas Brinkley on Monday tore into President Trump, referring to him as a "bully" and criticizing his views on immigration.
"Donald Trump represents kind of a dark underbelly of America," Brinkley said on C-SPAN.
He said Trump had put together a coalition of people that "don't like otherness."
Brinkley also addressed Trump's proposed border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and his views on immigration.
"He will say it's all about national homeland security, but there's been a cruelty about the way he's dealt with the immigration issue that I find unforgivable," he said.
He called the proposed border wall an "idiotic idea."
"The whole thing just became just a giant metaphor, the wall, for anti-immigration and an anti-Mexican sentiment," he said.
He also accused the president of lying too much and conflating things.
"He's a bully. He misuses cyber in a way to divide us. What is there to want your children to learn from?" he said.
"That there are no rules, break them all ... dangle a foot over the line of what's moral and immoral?"
But listen to Brinkley, he does not fear the power of the presidency. He just wants his people in control, like Obama, who he thinks, delusionally, was a great interventionist.
This shouldn't be about right-wing interventionists in power versus left-wing, regardless of how polished a manner they deliver their interventionist messages. The message should be that government power centers should be shrunk so that neither right-wing nor left-wing interventionists rule over us.\
(source: The Hill)