Former Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein somehow knows what every Republican out there is thinking.
On Sunday, the famed Watergate reporter said after the resignation of Defense Secretary James Mattis, Republicans are coming to a “much greater consensus” that President Trump is unfit for the White House.
And once again, a liberal reporter claims there is reason for concern that Trump is “unfit on psychological grounds” as well as unfit “because of his contempt for the law” and because of his “conduct of foreign policy.”
“What the Mattis letter has done in a monumental way is to push Republicans into making some real judgments. They’re talking to each other, there is coming to be a much greater consensus that he is unfit to be the President of the United States,” Bernstein said on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.”
Mattis resigned last week after Trump decided to remove all U.S. troops from Syria (there are only 2,000 there and they mostly do support and training). In his resignation letter, Mattis said Trump deserves “a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours.”
“While the US remains the indispensable nation in the free world, we cannot protect our interests or serve that role effectively without maintaining strong alliances and showing respect to those allies,” Mattis wrote.
The mainstream media reported that Mattis had bailed early, even though two of former President Barack Obama’s defense secretaries lasted less time than Mattis.
On a previous appearance on the CNN show, Bernstein said he didn’t think the media have enough control over Trump, so he offered a radical idea: Don’t broadcast his press conferences live.
That way, Bernstein said, the media can decide “what is news,” and edit everything else out.
“We need to start thinking of a different way to cover his press conferences and briefings,” Bernstein said.
“I don’t think we should be taking them live all the time and just pasting them up on the air because they’re basically propagandist exercises because they are overwhelmed by his dishonesty and lying. … Maybe we should be there, edit, decide as reporters what is news, and after the press conference or briefing is over then go with that story with clips rather than treating the briefing or press conference as a campaign event, which they really are,” he said.