Donald Trump has been in hot water for the controversial contents of his leaked call with Republican Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger - and now, an expert on the Watergate scandal has spoken out...
And it's needless to say that the president is going to have a lot to say about it.
via: GettyKeep scrolling to hear what Carl Bernstein, the man who co-broke the Watergate scandal, had to say.
Now, as you will all know, this year's presidential election was perhaps the most anticipated in decades...
via: GettyAnd, as Trump and Biden went head-to-head, a record number of Americans made sure to get their votes in early.
Trump was clearly feeling the heat, though...
via: GettyAnd, as the counts went underway, he tried to temporarily stop vote-counting in Michigan and Pennsylvania, states where Joe Biden was projected to win.
But, regardless of his many threats, the results were in after 4 long days of ballot counting.
via: GettyThe Associated Press called the race for Joe Biden when Pennsylvania's twenty electoral votes put him over the 270-vote threshold needed to win the Electoral College.
Quite predictably, Trump's reaction to Biden's win has been nothing short of outrageous...
via: GettyAnd, as the days turned into weeks, people simply couldn't believe his ongoing refusal to accept what happened.
His first response to Biden's win was to release a lengthy and damning statement...
via: GettyIn which he accused Biden and his team of rigging the entire election. As per Sky News, the statement read: “We all know why Joe Biden is rushing to falsely pose as the winner, and why his media allies are trying so hard to help him: they don’t want the truth to be exposed. “The simple fact is this election is far from over. Joe Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor. “In Pennsylvania, for example, our legal observers were not permitted meaningful access to watch the counting process. Legal votes decide who is president, not the news media."
With more accusations to follow...Trump seemed set on the idea that Biden and his team rigged the entire election to play out in their favor, and made strong hints that something happened in the counting rooms that had "never happened before."
Though his many claims of electoral fraud have remained unproven.While Trump has consistently slammed the Biden campaign of "fraudulent votes," he has yet to provide any actual evidence.
And then, there was that all-important update to throw a spanner in Trump's fraud theory.
via: GettyThe U.S Electoral College confirmed Joe Biden as the official winner of the 2020 presidential elections.
They confirmed that Joe Biden received more than the 270 electoral colleges needed to take over the White House.
via: GettyThe president-elect had 203 college votes, and Hawaii's electors are due to bring him up to the forecast 306 votes. They added that California was the state to push him over the edge with its fifty-five electors.
So, as you can see, Trump hasn't been having the best time as of late...
via: GettyAnd then, just to kick start 2021, there came that leaked phone call.
Trump hit the headlines this week after the Washington Post obtained and released a recording of a phone call...
via: GettyIn which the outgoing president can be heard speaking to the Republican Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger.
In the damning phone call, Trump can be heard asking Raffensperger to "find" votes in the state of Georgia...
via: GettyIn a last-ditch attempt to overturn the election result.
While falsely insisting that he had won Georgia in the election, Trump can be heard stressing a number of unfounded claims...
LISTEN: President Trump called Georgia’s secretary of state to demand that he find just enough votes to overturn hi… https://t.co/Kl2jiTELBY— Bloomberg Politics (@Bloomberg Politics)1609732087.0
Of course, the leaked call has been met with shock and outrage...
Respectfully, President Trump: What you're saying is not true. The truth will come out https://t.co/ViYjTSeRcC— GA Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (@GA Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger)1609687646.0
Bernstein is well known as one of 2 journalists who broke the Watergate scandal back in 1972.
via: GettyThe scandal stemmed from the Nixon administration's continuous attempts to cover up its involvement in the June 17, 1972 break-in of the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Washington, D.C. Watergate Office Building.
It was all very scandalous...
via: GettySo much so, that it eventually lead to Richard Nixon resigning from his position as president of the United States.
And now, Bernstein has offered his perspective on the controversial phone call.
via: Getty"It’s not déjà vu. This was something far worse than occurred in Watergate," he told CNN.
"We have both a criminal president of the United States in Donald Trump ..."
via: Getty"... and a subversive president of the United States at the same time in this one person."
"This is the ultimate smoking gun tape."
via: Getty"It is the tape with the evidence of what this president is willing to do to undermine the electoral system and illegally, improperly, and immorally try to instigate a coup."
"The one thing we should recall from Watergate was that the heroes of Watergate were Republicans who would not tolerate Richard Nixon’s conduct."
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