Journalist Carl Bernstein called Donald Trump’s post-Orlando national security speech “terribly, terribly effective” in a television interview Monday after the shooting spree that killed at least 50 people in a gay night club.
Bernstein is best known for his work with Bob Woodward uncovering the Watergate scandal. During an appearance on CNN’s “Newsroom” show, he said that Trump is turning a corner in his presidential campaign.
Here’s what he said as reported by The Hill and Newsmax:
“First, I thought Trump was predictably abhorrent and terribly, terribly effective in a way he hasn’t been until now.
“His speech will appeal to independents, even some Democrats and certainly Republicans because Hillary Clinton, Obama and the Democrats are very late to acknowledge by name that there is a real threat of Islamic terrorism in this country and all over the world and they have been very reluctant to use the word Islamic terror and it’s coming back to haunt them.“
Trump gave a terrorism-focused speech Monday in New Hampshire one day after a terror attack in Orlando that killed 49 people.
Bernstein said Hillary Clinton is not being effective enough when it comes to outlining the threat America faces from radical Islam.
“The impression Trump gave today with some effectiveness, despite his almost neo-fascist rhetoric is that the Democrats have not done that.”
Last March, Bernstein called Trump a “neo-fascist,” saying the real estate mogul is tapping into “the real anger and grievances that many Americans feel.”
While we don’t agree that Trump’s connecting with Americans discontent with government makes him a “neo-fascist,” we agree this latest speech will be effective in painting Hillary Clinton and the Democrats as weak on terrorism. In fact, here’s a story from Zero Hedge about a gay activist who’s switching from Hillary to Trump because of the Orlando shooting.
Do you think that Obama and the Democrats’ weakness on terrorism could give Trump the edge he needs to win the White House?
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