Washington political journalists said many Republicans in Congress despised President Trump in private, but few publicly criticized him – and similarly few publicly acknowledged the defeat of elected president Joe Biden. Carl Bernstein, one half of the journalistic duo who unveiled President Richard Nixon’s Watergate scandal, named 21 names on Sunday night, saying that in private conversations, these Republican senators “have repeatedly expressed extraordinary contempt for Trump and his suitability as president. .
The 21 GOP senators who privately expressed contempt for Trump: Portman, Alexander, Sasse, Blunt, Collins, Murkowski, Cornyn, Thune, Romney, Braun, Young, Tim Scott, Rick Scott, Rubio, Grassley, Burr, Toomey , McSally, Moran, Roberts, Shelby. (2/3)
– Carl Bernstein (@carlbernstein) November 23, 2020
Among the 21 senators he has named are names you can count on, but there are also some surprises, such as Senator John Cornyn (Texas), Senator Rick Scott (Fla.), And John Thune (SD), a Senate majority whip. The other 18 GOP senators are Rob Robman (Ohio), Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Ben Sasse (Neb.), Roy Blunt (Mo.), Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Mitt Romney (Utah) , Mike Braun (Ind.), Todd Young (Ind.), Tim Scott (SD), Marco Rubio (Fla.), Chuck Grassley (Iowa), Richard Burr (NC), Pat Toomey (Pa.), Martha McSally ( Ariz.), Jerry Moran (Kansas), Pat Roberts (Kansas), and Richard Shelby (Ala.).
“With few exceptions,” – mostly Romney and Sasse – “their ordinary silence contributed to Trump’s most serious behavior – including undermining the electoral system and infidelity in the United States.” wrote Bernsteinwho for some time made clear his own feelings for Trump. He named 15 such senators on CNN last week, saying: “Many, if not most, of these individuals were pleased to see that Donald Trump was defeated in this election, as long as the Senate can be Republican-controlled. .
Bernstein added that he was “much more worried” than at the end of Watergate because “Nixon is gone – the Republicans have persuaded him to go, and he did.”
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