Woodward and Bernstein compare Nixon and Trump – and guess who’s worse

The writers of “All the President’s Men” visited host Stephen Colbert to mark the 50th anniversary of the Watergate break-in, but the conversation turned to the problematic reigns of Nixon and Trump.

The former eventually resigned after discovering (in part thanks to Woodward and Bernstein) that he had led a cover-up of the June 17, 1972 burglary at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate complex to dig up dirt on the party’s opposition and plant insects. . The latter has been accused of plotting a coup to overthrow the 2020 election, and a House committee is trying to assert his criminal responsibility.

“It’s a crime,” Woodward said.

Bernstein noted that Trump “went further” to attack democracy.

“Richard Nixon was a criminal president who tried to undermine the very basis of our democracy, the electoral system,” Bernstein began. “Then you have Donald Trump, who also tried to undermine the electoral system but went further. He staged a coup to prevent the peaceful transfer of power to duly elected successor Joe Biden, who was elected fairly and freely. And then we have in this coup attempt the first seditious president of the United States.

“We had a coup organized by a president like what you see in juntas, like what you see in authoritarian regimes,” he added.

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