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WATCH: Carl Bernstein Says ‘Trump Was Already Talking About How to Throw Legal Challenges Into the Courts, Sow Confusion, Declare a Victory’

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 25: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with King Abdullah II of Jordan in the Oval Office of the White House on June 25, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

Carl Bernstein, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who, along with Bob Woodward, established his storied career on the landmark reporting he did on the Watergate scandal, says that President Donald Trump will likely “throw legal challenges into the courts” to undermine the legitimacy of the upcoming midterm elections. Bernstein refers to this political strategy as “untruth.”

Speaking to Brian Stetler during an interview on CNN’s Reliable Sources, Bernstein said:

“I talked to people…in touch with the White House on Friday who believe that if the congressional midterms are very close and the Democrats were to win by five or seven seats, that Trump was already talking about how to throw legal challenges into the courts, sow confusion, declare a victory, actually, and say that the election’s been illegitimate. That is really under discussion in the White House.”

“We have had presidents in the past who have lied—there is no question about that—but what we have never had is a president of the United States who uses lying and untruth as a basic method to promote his policies, his beliefs and his way of approaching the American people and engaging with the world,” Bernstein continued. “His default position is to use untruth to go toward his objectives.”

Bernstein pointed to Trump’s recent comments about widespread voter fraud as an example of his “untruth” strategy.

The press needs “to be doing stories about the reality of whether or not there is widespread voter fraud” to counter the president’s lies, he suggested.

Bernstein’s comments come on the heels of a FiveThirtyEight analysis which projects Democrats have an 86 percent chance of winning the House; another analysis calculated Democrats have a 22 percent chance of gaining control of the Senate.

Naturally, political leaders, members of the media, and members of the public alike have expressed similar concerns, and Bernstein’s remarks have only affirmed what people already believe: That it would not be outside the president’s wheelhouse to challenge an election.

Bernstein’s concerns are not out of the ordinary: Trump has often claimed that millions voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election, ironically casting doubt on the election he supposedly won. He even established a voter fraud commission to investigate just that.

But in August, in a letter addressed to Vice President Mike Pence, who chaired the now-defunct committee, and Kris Kobach (the commission’s vice chair), former commission member and current Secretary of State of Maine, Matthew Dunlap, stated that the president’s now dismantled voter fraud commission uncovered no evidence to prove Trump’s dubious claim.

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