Over the weekend, the sidekick of Bob Woodward sent out a series of tweets in a thread and claimed that twenty-one Republican senators are chomping at the bit for the end of the Donald Trump Administration.
“The 21 GOP Senators who have privately expressed their disdain for Trump are Portman, Alexander, Sasse, Blunt, Collins, Murkowski, Cornyn, Thune, Romney, Braun, Young, Tim Scott, Rick Scott, Rubio, Grassley, Burr, Toomey, McSally, Moran, Roberts, Shelby. (2/3)”
While there are several names in that list which would be pretty believable – Portman, Sasse, Murkowski, Thune, Rubio, Toomey, given various events – names like Tim Scott are not, particularly, when their sponsorship is on legislation that was shepherded through Congress during President Trump’s tenure.
Bernstein, though, went further with his claims.
“With few exceptions, their craven public silence has helped enable Trump’s most grievous conduct—including undermining and discrediting the US the electoral system.”
Undermining the electoral system? President Trump was no the one who bought all the voting machines that switched votes to his opponent, nor is he the one who ordered election watchers to not be allowed to do their jobs.
A couple of senators strongly deny the claims.
“This is more false news from a CNN political analyst,” Braun said in a prepared statement, “as I was one of President Trump’s top defenders during impeachment and strongly support his legal efforts to ensure that every legal vote is counted.”
Young’s office also denied the accusation in an unsigned prepared statement.
“These unsourced rumors don’t deserve a response. It’s clear Sen. Young has a great working relationship with President Trump that has yielded several historic wins for Indiana including a Hoosier justice on the Supreme Court.”
So, is there any merit to Bernstein’s “reporting” this time around?
The world may never know.