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Carl Bernstein Gives Scary Warning, ‘What We’re Watching In The Trump Presidency Is Worse Than Watergate’

Veteran reporter Carl Bernstein gave a warning to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Thursday, and said that what’s happening with the Trump administration right now is actually worse than Watergate. At least Nixon, he said, didn’t “publicly act unhinged.”

“In Watergate, the system worked,” Bernstein explained. “The President of the United States did not publicly declare the press an enemy of the people and seek to undermine the First Amendment and the very legitimacy of what the press did, though he did try to make our conduct an issue… in Watergate rather than his own conduct.”

Bernstein then explained how things are worse now:

“What we are watching in the Trump presidency is worse than Watergate. It’s worth than Watergate, as I say, because the system worked in Watergate. The heroes in Watergate were Republicans who demanded that the president be held accountable, who demanded that he be transparent, who demanded to know what did the president know and when did he know it, and who conducted bipartisan investigation that led, in fact, to understanding and finding out what Nixon had done, whereas the Republicans on Capitol Hill thus far have done almost everything they can to impede and undermine legitimate investigation. So it’s a totally different and much more dangerous situation.”

Bernstein continued, “And also, Donald Trump is a demonstrable authoritarian in terms of his rhetoric, in terms of whipping up his base. Nixon did not do anything similar to that.”

Trump’s base appears to be in lockstep with the president in terms of his view of the press.

In a recent CBS poll, 91 percent of Trump supporters say they believe the president is providing them accurate information. Sixty-three percent say the same when it comes to information from friends and family, and just 11 percent of Trump supporters believe the media provides them accurate information.

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