Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein has listed 21 Republican senators who have ‘privately expressed’ their ‘extreme contempt’ for Donald Trump.
Bernstein, the former Washington Post journalist who reported alongside Bob Woodward, called out Trump in a tweet on Sunday and named the 21 GOP senators who have expressed disdain for ‘his fitness to be President of the United States’.
‘Many if not most of these individuals, from what I have been told, were happy to see Donald Trump defeated in this election as long as the Senate could be controlled by the Republicans,’ Bernstein said during an appearance on CNN.
Carl Bernstein (pictured in 2018), the former Washington Post journalist who reported alongside Bob Woodward, called out Trump on Sunday night and named the 21 GOP senators who have expressed disdain for ‘his fitness to be President of the United States’
The tweet, which garnered 37,600 likes, read: ‘I’m not violating any pledge of journalistic confidentially in reporting this: 21 Republican Sens–in convos w/ colleagues, staff members, lobbyists, W. House aides–have repeatedly expressed extreme contempt for Trump and his fitness to be POTUS. (1/3)’
He continued: ‘The 21 GOP Senators who have privately expressed their disdain for Trump are: Portman, Alexander, Sasse, Blunt, Collins, Murkowski, Cornyn, Thune, Romney, Braun, Young, Tim Scott, Rick Scott, Rubio, Grassley, Burr, Toomey, McSally, Moran, Roberts, Shelby.
‘With few exceptions, their craven public silence has helped enable Trump’s most grievous conduct—including undermining and discrediting the US the electoral system.’
‘Many if not most of these individuals, from what I have been told, were happy to see Donald Trump defeated in this election as long as the Senate could be controlled by the Republicans,’ Bernstein said during an appearance on CNN
The tweet, which garnered 37,600 likes, read: ‘I’m not violating any pledge of journalistic confidentially in reporting this’
Senator Mitt Romney, 73, of Utah, warned earlier this month that Donald Trump was starting to sound like an authoritarian leader, claiming he needs to ‘be careful in the choice of words’ as the president continues to undermine the election results
Speaking on CNN he said: ‘Let me name 15 or so Republican senators and what I am doing is not violating journalistic principle because they have told me what I am about to say.
The 21 GOP senators who have ‘privately’ expressed their ‘extreme contempt’ for Donald Trump
‘But for two or three years I have talked to members of staff of the senators, members of committees, staff people, aides, assistants, people who have worked for these people – let’s look at 15 or so of these Republican senators who really disdain and even despise Donald Trump, have said so to each other.’
It comes after, Bernstein, the former Washington Post journalist, accused Donald Trump of creating ‘the first grifter presidency’ in US history after the New York Times lifted the lid on the president’s years of alleged tax avoidance and extensive debt.
Bernstein called the bombshell Times report ‘the smoking gun of a pervasively criminal presidency’ in an interview with CNN.
‘Donald Trump and his family are grifters,’ he said. ‘He has created the first grifter presidency in the history of the United States in which his purpose in running for the presidency and exercising the powers of the presidency – the fundamental reason is to bail himself and his family out.’
The Times report, based on nearly two decades’ worth of Trump’s tax returns, asserted that the president paid just $750 in federal income taxes in 2016 and 2017 – and zero federal income taxes in 10 of the 15 years prior – because he reported losing more money than he made.
Bernstein also publicly attacked the president on CNN last month.
On September 14 he slammed Trump as a ‘homicidal president’ and said he was hosting ‘homicidal assemblies’ with his indoor campaign rallies during the coronavirus pandemic.
‘You’re witnessing a homicidal president convening, purposefully, a homicidal assembly to help him get reelected instead of protecting the health and welfare of the United States, including supporters whose lives he is willing to sacrifice,’ Bernstein told CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
Senator Mike Braun, 66, of Indiana was among the 21 GOP senators named by Bernstein
‘Here is this president, who has staked part of his presidency on the right to life, particularly of the unborn, and every day he has sacrificed the lives of thousands of Americans because he is unwilling to deal honestly, forthrightly, meaningfully, with the greatest domestic crisis in our post-war history in this country.
‘Now we’ve seen in front of us, tonight, this homicidal assembly that the president of the United States has called his supporters to be sacrificial lambs. It’s astonishing.’
Trump responded to that rebuke by calling Bernstein a ‘total nut job’.
Senator Lamar Alexander, 80, of Tennessee was among the 21 named in the tweet by Bernstein