"The things he's saying are wacky as wacky can be": Ben Stein unloads on Donald Trump's "nonsensical" economic promises

"It makes me want to cry," Stein said of Trump's claim that the U.S. is headed toward a "massive recession"

Published April 5, 2016 9:02PM (EDT)

Actor and conservative economist Ben Stein joined CNN's Pamela Brown Monday to discuss the unprecedented rise of GOP frontrunner Donald Trump.

"In all my years as an economist ... I have never seen such nonsense," Stein said of Trump's outlandish economic promises. "It makes me want to cry."

"To think that the guy who's our (Republicans') likely standard-bearer has such nonsensical ideas on every single aspect of the economy is just breathtakingly horrible," he continued. "I'm so flabbergasted by it, I hardly know how to control myself."

Regarding Trump's prediction that the United States' economy is headed for another "massive recession," Stein said the warning signs are simply not there.

"If we are heading for a recession, he doesn't know," Stein said. "And there's no way he's going to fix it. Cutting taxes is not gonna fix it. Renegotiating trade deals with Mexico and China is just a way to start a gigantic recession."

The things he’s saying are wacky as wacky can be. Just off the charts," Stein added.

Watch the full segment below:

(h/t Mediaite)

By Brendan Gauthier

Brendan Gauthier is a freelance writer.

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