'We are in a civil war' against the 'most radical political movement of our lifetimes': Carl Bernstein
Watergate veteran Carl Bernstein speaks to CNN. Image via screengrab.

On CNN Friday, legendary Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein refused to mince words, calling the Republican Party instigators of a "civil war" and warning that the cultural tensions that led to the "Big Lie" about the 2020 election are only going to get worse.

"Democracy is in peril because the Republican Party has become the party of Trumpism, and the party of disenfranchisement," said Bernstein. "What we have seen in Idaho, what we have also seen in Arizona, in these supposed recounts ordered because of supposed voter fraud, is it doesn't exist. It is part of the Big Lie. The Big Lie is not just about the lie that Donald Trump did not lose the election, a few months ago, but rather it looks toward ... 2024, and the idea that we are going to have another, quote, rigged election. They're setting this up so that there can be no legitimacy in our electoral process."

Bernstein went on to call the Republican Party subservient to "the most radical political movement of our lifetime."

"I think what we really need to acknowledge here is that we are in a civil war in this country," said Bernstein. "We are in a cultural civil war, such as we have never seen since 1860 to 1865, and that the radicalism of the Republican Party today is almost comparable to a secessionist movement in this country because of what the Republican Party now advocates ... Trumpism doesn't need Donald Trump anymore, he's fanned the flames, he's ignited them and the movement and we need in journalism, in particularly in the media, to start looking at what's going on in the country outside of Washington."

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