President Donald Trump's tumultuous four years in office is defined by his critics as a time of blatant lies, cruel atrocities, naked corruption, and total rejection of accountability.
Another point of dissatisfaction lies with Republicans in Congress, whose fealty and deference to Trump and his scandals is largely seen as enablement of his worst tendencies.
But while Republican lawmakers have demonstrated a devotion to Trump in public—for fear of the President's popularity among GOP voters—they've said quite the opposite in private.
Journalist Carl Bernstein, of Watergate fame, recently expressed outrage in response to the silence from GOP heavy-hitters regarding Trump's lies that the 2020 election saw widespread fraud which tipped the race to President-elect Joe Biden.
As a result, Bernstein began naming names of the Republicans who privately question Trump's fitness for the office of the President despite publicly endorsing his action.
Bernstein emphasized that his disclosure didn't breach journalistic ethics because these 21 Republican Senators have expressed their frustrations to a range of political insiders like staff members and lobbyists.
Among the names—like Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Martha McSally (R-AZ)—are some of Trump's most vocal supporters.
Others—like Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)—are Republican moderates who've issued statements rebuking Trump in the past and occasionally voting out of line with his doctrine, but still face criticism for being too weak in their opposition.
Republicans' private condemnations meant little to the public as far as redemption went.
People were amazed, however, commended Bernstein's willingness to name names.
Trump has yet to acknowledge the development on Twitter.