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Watergate Reporter Bernstein Compares Trump to McCarthy

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By    |   Wednesday, 07 February 2018 11:39 AM

The Republicans' memo on FBI spying and the Democrats' response to it is a "red herring" that hides the real issue with President Donald Trump — he's another late Sen. Joe McCarthy, Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein said Wednesday.

"We're in the midst of getting deep in the woods on a sideshow over this memo," Bernstein told CNN's "New Day." "It's playing right into Trump's hands."

Bernstein said he's asked all the time if there is a comparison between the president and the Watergate scandal, but he thinks the real analogy is with McCarthy, who rose to fame in 1950 with his claims that members of the Communist Party were employed in the State Department, spurring a series of accusations and hearings against Americans inside and out of the government.

McCarthyism was about smearing American institutions for personal gain, Bernstein said.

"He accused people of treason, exactly like Donald Trump did the other day," Bernstein said. "This is a moment we, including in the press, Fox News, we need to look at history. We need to look at the last great authoritarian demagogue Joe McCarthy and see if I'm right, this is true, that Donald Trump mimics, re-embodies to a large extent the tactics, techniques and methodology of Joe McCarthy."

Meanwhile, the media needs to start just reporting the facts, Bernstein said.

"We don't need to engage every time the president does something or his lackeys or his acolytes do something," Bernstein said. "We don't need to turn it into the biggest issue. What is the real issue here? The real issue is the conduct of the president of the United States, his family, his business associates, his business organization and the conduct of the Russians in the election."

The Mueller investigation is legitimate, he continued, so "why is [Trump] trying to cover it up and impede the Mueller investigation and then use McCarthy tactics."

The difference is, McCarthy was a senator, while Trump is the president, Bernstein added.

"We have never had a president of the United States who was an authoritarian demagogue who issues these kind of smears and lies daily," said Bernstein. "This is extraordinary. We need to look at it as a country.We need to look at our history. Let's see what McCarthy looked like and put up the video next to Donald Trump."

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The Republicans' memo on FBI spying and the Democrats' response to it is a "red herring" that hides the real issue with President Donald Trump - he's another late Sen. Joe McCarthy, Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein said Wednesday.
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