He 'hates half the country': Watergate reporter tears into Trump's campaign of 'disinformation'
Famed Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein on CNN warned about the challenges posed by President Donald Trump's planned public address for Tuesday night, given the overwhelming likelihood that the speech will be riddled with lies and distortions.
Trump plans to use the address as a way to stir up support for his proposed border wall, which he has failed to obtain so far from congressional Democrats despite his decision to trigger a government shutdown.
"We don't know a lot about this president and his presidency, but we do know that he has not been truthful about almost anything of significance about his presidency," Bernstein told CNN's Brooke Baldwin. "We've had in this country situations where maybe half the country hates the president of the United States at one time or another. We've never had a president that hates half the country."
He continued: "Look at what we're talking about: We're talking about a wall here that is a symbol that says, 'Brown people, we don't want you.' It goes back to Trump talking about 'rapists.' Goes back to talking about 'gangs.' Rather than looking at a real immigration problem, which we have had for a long time, and need to solve — and border security is one of those questions that's complicated. And yet again, he's trying to solve it through misinformation, disinformation."
He noted that border crossers from Mexico into the U.S. are not, as the Trump administration claims, a threat to national security.
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