The much-admired former CBS News anchor Dan Rather just capped off his year of negative commentary on the Trump presidency with a brutal summation of the depths the country has plunged into in his latest Facebook post reacting to the interview with President Trump published yesterday in The New York Times.
Rather begins with the evidence that things have gone astray…
“We have been bombarded with evidence – evidence that we are in dangerous and unchartered waters, evidence that the President of the United States lies with abandon, evidence that there is much more to the Russia attack on our democracy than was initially believable, evidence that there is an authoritative streak amongst our current national leadership, evidence that our allies are dismayed and our adversaries are emboldened.”
…before continuing with an important and devastating question:
“There have been so many headlines, so many tweets and quotes, so much cacophony that it is easy to feel what more can there be that surprises or dismays us. How much lower can President Trump take the tenor of our national discourse or America’s standing in the world?”
Rather’s comments thus far are just an introduction to the link to the NY Times interview with Trump that he calls mind-boggling. He describes the interview in apocalyptic terms…
“Here is President Trump unscripted and away from sycophantic aides who explain away his ignorance, cruelty, and anti-democratic values. This is President Trump unchecked and it is a sobering, even frightening sight to behold.”
…before asking another tough question:
“Imagine if these quotes were printed without our current context. Does this sound like a president? I think we know how history will judge that answer. The question is what lies in the gap of time between now and then. How much damage can be done?”
Rather concludes his commentary with this pointed call to action from the Republican party.
Every Republican elected official or business leader who seeks to normalize this Administration must be forced to answer, is this normal? Is this sane? Is this democratic? Frankly, is this American?
We all already know the true answers to those questions. Thank you, Mr. Rather for framing them so perfectly.