Watergate Reporter Says Nixon Never Became Publicly 'Unhinged' Like Trump
During a Thursday interview on CNN with host Wolf Blitzer, veteran Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein described President Donald Trump as an "unhinged" leader whose behavior is even worse than former President Richard Nixon.
"First, I think what we're seeing is more than anxiety on the part of Donald Trump. We are seeing a president who is behaving and acting unhinged. Nixon did not really publicly act unhinged, but I think we need to look at something larger," Bernstein said. "[I]n watergate, the system worked. 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, or the issue in Watergate, rather than his own conduct."
Bernstein said Trump is fomenting "hysteria" for his own benefit and running an administration worse than Nixon's.
"Really, President Trump has taken the question of the free exercise of the First Amendment and whipped up a kind of hysteria unlike any other president in our history," Bernstein said. "More than that, I think it's time to recognize that what we are watching in the Trump presidency is worse than Watergate."
Bernstein also said "Republicans on Capitol Hill thus far have done almost everything they can to impede and undermine legitimate investigation," unlike the Republicans who held Nixon accountable.
The Watergate veteran also described the danger of Trump's authoritarian presidency to the U.S.
"Donald Trump is a demonstrable authoritarian in terms of his rhetoric, in terms of whipping up his base," he concluded. "Nixon did not do anything similar to that. You did not see rallies such as we saw the other night intended to send an authoritarian message as we saw."
Watch the segment below: