Carl Bernstein: Trump speech 'abhorrent' but 'effective'
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Famed Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein criticized Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' MORE's Monday response to the Orlando shooting as "neo-fascist" but argued that his remarks were an effective contrast to Democrats. 

"First, I thought Trump was predictably abhorrent and terribly, terribly effective in a way he hasn't been until now," Bernstein said Monday on CNN's "Newsroom."

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"His speech will appeal to independents, even some Democrats and certainly Republicans because Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPoll shows Biden, Warren tied with Trump in Arizona The Hill's Morning Report - Trump touts new immigration policy, backtracks on tax cuts Hickenlooper announces Senate bid MORE, 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.

Bernstein went on to accuse Clinton and other Democratcs of failing to acknowledge the threat posed by radical Islamic terror.
 
"The impression Trump gave today with some effectiveness, despite his almost neo fascist rhetoric is that the Democrats have not done that." 
 
Bernstein is best known for helping to break the Watergate scandal that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. His comments came one day after a Omar Mateen killed 49 victims at a gay nightclub in Orlando in the worst mass shooting in American history.