Veteran Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein in public called 21 Republican senators, he said, “have repeatedly expressed their extraordinary contempt [Donald] Trump and his suitability ”office.
As Trump continued to try to subvert the results of the presidential election, he clearly lost to Joe Biden, Bernstein he said on Twitter he did not “confidentially violate all the promises of journalism [sic]”.
His information, he said, “comes from colleagues, co-workers, lobbyists [and] White House helpers ”.
Then he named names.
They were: Rob Portman (Ohio), Lamar Alexander (Tennessee), Ben Sasse (Nebraska), Roy Blunt (Missouri), Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), John Cornyn (Texas), John Thune (South Dakota)), Mitt Romney (Utah), Mike Braun and Todd Young (Indiana), Tim Scott (South Carolina), Rick Scott and Marco Rubio (Florida), Chuck Grassley (Iowa), Richard Burr (North Carolina), Pat Toomey (Pennsylvania)), Martha McSally (Arizona), Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts (Kansas) and Richard Shelby (Alabama).
The list included high-ranking Republican figures such as Thune, the majority whip; Rubio, Acting Chairman of the Secret Service Committee; and Grassley, former chairman of the Judiciary Committee.
Some of Bernstein’s Sasse, Cornyn, Collins and Murkowski have publicly criticized Trump. Romney, Rubio, Murkowski, Toomey and Collins recognized Bident as elected president.
Bernstein, 76, worked with Bob Woodward in the Washington Post’s coverage of the Watergate scandal, which led to Richard Nixon’s 1974 resignation.
Woodward’s report on Trump produced two best-selling books, Fear and Anger, which relied on unnamed sources that were extremely critical of Trump – and in the latter case, the president’s own recorded and extremely damaging thoughts.
Speaking to CNN on Friday, Bernstein said: “Many, if not most, of these individuals were pleased to see that Donald Trump was defeated in this election as long as the Senate could be ruled by Republicans.”
This result now depends on two elections to be held on January 5 in Georgia.
Spokesman for Rick Scott said Forbes the list was “silly and does not justify the real answer. Needless to say, Carl Bernstein has no idea what he’s talking about.
But Bernstein wrote that “with few exceptions,” senators ’“ ordinary ordinary silence helped ”Trump’s most serious behavior — including undermining and discrediting the electoral system by the United States”.