The comparisons between Donald Trump and disgraced former President Richard Nixon will become more acutely accurate now that Trump has sent his latest tweet attacking Carl Bernstein, one of the legendary reporters who broke the Watergate story for The Washington Post.
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CNN is being torn apart from within based on their being caught in a major lie and refusing to admit the mistake. Sloppy @carlbernstein, a man who lives in the past and thinks like a degenerate fool, making up story after story, is being laughed at all over the country! Fake News
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2018
The CNN report that Trump obliquely refers to was the story broken by Carl Bernstein, Jim Sciutto, and Marshall Cohen a few weeks ago that said Michael Cohen was ready to claim that Trump knew in advance about the infamous Trump Tower meeting between Russian agents and Trump campaign staff, including his son Donald Jr.
The initial source of the story was Cohen’s own lawyer Lannie Davis, who subsequently admitted that he had relayed the account without actually knowing if it was true or not. CNN, however, stands by its reporting, saying that it had multiple sources for the claim.
Trump’s delayed reaction to the story singled out Bernstein with a withering attack that an ambitious libel lawyer could have a field day with, impugning the veteran reporter’s honesty, accuracy, and reputation.
Trump’s increasingly deranged and desperate attacks on media outlets and reporters who report actual facts demonstrate the lengths to which he will not only deny reality but try to convince his base that the truth is a lie and that lies are the truth in order to cover up his administration’s massive level of criminality.
Judging from the comments on Trump’s Twitter feed not many people are buying his latest load of repugnant vitriol.
The only person who is laughing at CNN is you. Everyone else is laughing at you.
— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) August 29, 2018
— Texas Blue Wave (@TaiwanSunshine1) August 29, 2018
Trump is an idiot! He’s a racist, and every word out of his mouth is a lie pic.twitter.com/QRMjhRFVfq
— Jo Anne (@Lavisky_3) August 29, 2018
Yet more lies from the Traitor in Chief.
— Chris Murphy (@PNWEngOfDoom) August 29, 2018
I’d feel pretty threatened too if I were routinely being called a would-be dictator by a distinguished journalist who brought down another disgraced, corrupt President who was much smarter than me.
— Brian Stack (@BrianStack153) August 29, 2018
You literally described yourself but used Carl Bernstein’s name.
— Awesome Dude #1 (@dudesway77) August 29, 2018
— MuuMuu Mama (@muumuu_mama) August 29, 2018
— David (@AtlantaDavid) August 29, 2018
Says the arrogant assed laughingstock sitting in the Oval Office.
— Rhonda #BoycottNRA (@Serenity3_18) August 29, 2018
Luckily, when Special Counsel Robert Mueller finally releases his report, we’ll be able to find out for ourselves what Cohen does and doesn’t know about Trump’s advance knowledge of the Trump Tower meeting and collusion with the Russians. It just can’t happen soon enough.
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