By Sarah Al-Arshani, Jun 5, 2022, 7:06 AM
Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein said former President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election was something not even former President Richard Nixon would have imagined.
In an op-ed in The Washington Post, the two reporters known for uncovering the Watergate scandal said they thought Nixon defined corruption until they saw Trump’s presidency. In 1972, the Nixon administration coordinated a break-in at the Democratic National Committee’s headquarters. The administration attempted to cover up its involvement until Nixon was forced to resign in 1974.
Woodward and Bernstein said the news media, the Senate Watergate Committee, special prosecutors, a House impeachment investigation, and the Supreme Court exposed Nixon’s conduct, a contrast to Trump’s attempt to prevent the peaceful transition of power. “These instruments of American democracy finally stopped Nixon dead in his tracks, forcing the only resignation of a president in American history,” the reporters wrote.
In the weeks leading up to the certification, Trump and his allies continued to claim that he lost the election because it was rigged, even waging lawsuits in several key states.”
We watched in utter dismay as Trump persistently claimed that he was really the winner. ‘We won,’ he said in a speech on Jan. 6 at the Ellipse. ‘We won in a landslide. This was a landslide.’