Legendary journalist Carl Bernstein on Sunday criticized former President Donald Trump as a “war criminal” for “fomenting a coup” and criticized him for mishandling the COVID-19 pandemic.
It’s time to “step back” and look clearly at Trump “in a different context,” Bernstein told Brian Stelter on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.”
Trump is “our own American war criminal, of a type that we have never experienced before,” he said.
“What we are talking about is Trump’s crimes as an American war criminal … that he has perpetrated against our people, [includes] the tens of thousands of people who died from their own murderous negligence ”in relation to COVID-19, Bernstein said. “He put his own electoral interests above the health of our people, as they were massacred in this pandemic,” he added.
When the virus began to spread around the world in February 2020, Trump insisted that it would “go away” like “a miracle.” After contracting the disease and receiving excellent and experimental health treatment, he told Americans to “have no fear of COVID.”
So far almost 611,000 Americans have died of the illness.
Bernstein, who is known for his reporting on the Watergate scandal that toppled former President Richard Nixon, went on to say that Trump’s “war crimes” also include “fomenting a coup to maintain power,” referring to the riots on the 6th. January at the Capitol. . He noted that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mark Milley, has compared Trump to Hitler and his supporters to Nazi brownshirts.
“It is not just about imputable crimes. This is a different kind of crime in which the humanity of the United States people was relegated to the ground by the President of the United States, who elevated only his own political, financial and personal interests above those of our people, our country, our Constitution, ”Bernstein said.
Trump could not immediately be reached for comment.
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