It's so stupefying to think that we had a president of the United States that would entertain these knaves, fools, and dangerous authoritarian figures. ... Donald Trump looked for people to facilitate his authoritarian impulse. — Journalist Carl Bernstein
It's so stupefying to think that we had a president of the United States that would entertain these knaves, fools, and dangerous authoritarian figures. ... Donald Trump looked for people to facilitate his authoritarian impulse. — Journalist Carl Bernstein
'It's so stupefying' - Carl Bernstein says Trump looked for people to 'facilitate his authoritarian impulse' after Michael Flynn said the US needs one religion
  • Former Trump official Michael Flynn said America needs just one religion on Saturday.
  • On Sunday, reporter Carl Bernstein said Flynn's comments don't come as a surprise.
  • Bernstein said Flynn represents the type of people Trump kept in his administration.
Journalist Carl Bernstein said former President Donald Trump added people to his administration that "facilitate his authoritarian impulse," following remarks from ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn that America only needs one religion.

"It should be a surprise to no one that Michael Flynn is saying the kind of things that he is saying," Bernstein said in an interview with CNN's Jim Acosta on Sunday.

Flynn said Christianity should become the United States' only religion, during the "ReAwaken America" tour on Saturday.

"If we are going to have one nation under God, which we must, we have to have one religion. One nation under God, and one religion under God," Flynn said.

During the CNN interview, Acosta called Flynn's remarks "shameful."

"It's not a question of shameful," Bernstein replied. "It's a question of let's look into the kind of people that came into Donald Trump's orbit and became the most influential around."

Bernstein added that people like Flynn and Rudy Giuliani are "saying out loud things that have never been said by an aide or close associates to a president of the United States."

"It's so stupefying to think that we had a president of the United States that would entertain these knaves, fools, and dangerous authoritarian figures. That's what we need to look at the big picture," he said. "Donald Trump looked for people to facilitate his authoritarian impulse."


He said people like Flynn who are around Trump were "instruments" to help Trump remain in office.
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