NEW YORK (AP) – Former Watergate siloist Carl Bernstein has posted on Twitter the names of 21 Republican senators who he said have “repeatedly expressed contempt” for Donald Trump and his presidential candidacy.
Bernstein’s post was condemned by some concerned on Monday. Journalism was an attractive modern twist for a former Washington Post journalist who, in the 1970s, threw pens with partner Bob Woodward, which led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.
Bernstein said he did not break the promise of confidentiality when listing the senators. He said he had learned about the supposed private feelings of politicians in conversations with their colleagues, staff, lobbyists and White House helpers.
“With few exceptions, their ordinary silence allowed Trump’s worst behaviors — including undermining and disbelieving the U.S. election system,” he tweeted late Sunday.
CNstein, a political analyst at CNN, declined a request to talk about his entries.
Several Washington journalists spoke of lawmakers who expressed private reservations about Trump but rarely added names to their stories. Bernstein said he believed several of the Republicans on his list were happy with Democrat Joe Biden’s victory.
Michael Zona, a spokesman for Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, who was on Bernstein’s list, said the characterization was untrue.
“Sen. Grassley strongly supported the president, but at the same time kept it a secret when he disagreed with the president. Zona said. “There’s no difference between Senator Grassley’s public and private ownership.” Washington journalists may wisely reconsider the trade in unfounded secondary rumors. This can restore your lost credibility. “
Rob Portman, of the Ohio Senate, “never spoke to Mr. Bernstein, and we don’t know where to get his fake information,” said Emily Benavides, the senator’s spokesman.
In a column written for the Cincinnati Enquirer on Monday, Portman called on Trump to begin working with President-elect Biden on the transition.
An article about Bernstein’s list did not appear on CNN’s website on Monday. The veteran reporter appeared on CNN’s “New Day” on Friday and named 15 of the 21 senators he tweeted two days later.
Roy Gutterman, a professor at Syracuse University who specializes in the laws and ethics of journalism, Bernstein’s approach was unusual, noting that the journalist often criticized Trump.
“I don’t know if what he did today fits the model with which he committed his reputation, which was tough investigative reporting,” Gutterman said.
Not surprisingly, Senator Mitt Romney of Utah was found on Bernstein’s list. Romney told Trump last week about his pressure to overthrow the election results that “it’s hard to imagine a worse, more anti-democratic action by a sitting U.S. president”.
“The senator’s opinion of the president is well known to the public,” spokeswoman Liz Johnson said.
A spokesman for the Indian senator, Todd Young, said in a statement that Bernstein’s “sourceless rumors” deserve no response and that Young has a great working relationship with Trump.
Meanwhile, Sean Smith, South Carolina Senator Tim Scott’s director of communications, said his boss “never met, spoke or considered his relationship with Mr. Bernstein, so no one should give weight to the baseless accusations he clearly grinds with the president. . “