President Donald Trump’s response to the white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Virginia, will continue to haunt him until he taps into the “idealism of the presidency,” veteran White House reporter Bob Woodward said Sunday.
Woodward, who was key in exposing the Watergate scandal that brought down Richard Nixon, said during a Fox News appearance, “President Trump’s remarks post-Charlottesville really show and suggest that he does not understand what it’s like to be black, Hispanic or a minority in America.”
In the early 1970s, together with his Washington Post colleague Carl Bernstein, Woodward worked to lay bare Nixon’s efforts to sabotage the Democratic Party through wiretapping. Bernstein also had some choice words for Trump Sunday.
“Having reported on these things, controversies, scandals for 45 years, this is something that doesn’t go away,” Woodward said of Trump’s response to the violent white supremacist march that left one counterprotester dead and dozens injured.
Scuffles between members of the so-called alt-right white nationalist movement, Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and counter-protesters erupted in violence. A car allegedly driven by white nationalist James A. Fields Jr., plowed into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing anti-racism activist Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others.
The president has put out several statements about the march. At first, he…
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