- The Washington Times - Monday, July 8, 2019

CNN contributor Carl Bernstein said Sunday that America is in a “cold civil war” that may turn hot due to President Trump.

The “Reliable Sources” analyst worried about war soon breaking out on U.S. soil if Mr. Trump continues spreading alleged “authoritarian notions” among the population.

“This cold civil war predates Donald Trump,” Mr. Bernstein warned viewers. “And Donald Trump understood that we are in a cold civil war in this country. And he has exploited it and brought this cold civil war almost to the point of ignition through his actions and his words, which are unprecedented in terms of presidential conduct.”

The analyst then implored Americans to “start connecting the dots” before it’s too late.

“What do people in the country think of this and why do they think and support him, no matter what he does, no matter how outrageous seemingly his conduct is,” Mr. Bernstein continued, the media watchdog NewsBusters reported. “We’ve got some real reporting to do.”

Similar rhetoric was recently used by MSNBC’s Joy Reid, who told viewers prior to the “Salute to America” celebrations on Independence Day that Mr. Trump was sending a “message” to “the resistance.”

“What is the message Donald Trump is trying to send by rolling tanks down Constitution Avenue?” she asked July 3 in regards to a flyover and military equipment brought in for a parade. “Who is that message to? … Is it to our friends, to western democracies who he doesn’t particularly like, or is it to us? Is it to the resistance in this country? ‘I’ve got tanks. I have this military armada.’ The message is a threat. But it’s always a threat when you roll out your military. But it’s to whom is the threat? And I suspect that the threat is to his fellow Americans.”

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

Copyright © 2022 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

Please read our comment policy before commenting.

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide