Carl Bernstein, a journalist, best known for covering former President Richard Nixon during the Watergate investigation, has now accused former President Donald Trump of being a “war criminal.”
Bernstein is a frequent Trump critic who exposed the Watergate affair in the early 1970s, accused Trump of “delusional madness” that is “on a scale and a scope we have never experienced in an American president in our history.”
“I think we need to calmly step back and maybe look at Trump in a different context,” he said on CNN’s Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter Sunday. “He is our own American war criminal of a kind we’ve never experienced before.”
Bernstein asserted that Trump “transcends the political,” prioritizing his own electoral future in a manner “so extraordinary in our history.”
“I think what we’re talking about, Trump’s crimes as an American war criminal in his own country that he had perpetrated upon our people, including the tens of thousands of people who died because of his homicidal negligence in the pandemic, putting his own electoral interest above the health of our people when they were slaughtered during this pandemic,” he continued. “Looking at his actions in terms of fomenting a coup in which to hold on to office in which the head of the American military, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of staff has now compared Trump — not the press, not reporters comparing Trump to Hitler — but rather the head of the American military comparing him and his movement to brownshirts, to the Reichstag fire. This is a huge wake-up call to this country when Gen. Milley, the head of the American military, has said this.”
Trump was also accused of downplaying the impact of COVID-19, which, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, resulted in over 600,000 deaths in the United States. Supporters of the former president have contended that mandating masks and enforcing strict COVID-19 standards harmed economic recovery efforts and infringed on individual liberty.
On Jan. 6, the then-president addressed a rally dubbed “Stop the Steal,” in which he claimed that widespread voter fraud took place during the 2020 presidential election. The rally devolved into a mob assault on the Capitol, which is currently being investigated and prosecuted.