Veteran American journalist Dan Rather on an un-presidential president – “uncaged, unscripted, unabashed (and) unhinged.”

A Commentary by Dan Rather, from his Facebook page

Posted August 24th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Blame the press. Blame President Obama.

 Insist down is up and up is down. Create an alternate reality. Gaslight. Gaslight. Gaslight. Misquote yourself. Leave out the words that outraged a majority of a nation.

American journalist and former CBS news anchor Dan Rather

The speech that President Trump gave (to an arena full of supporters in Phoenix, Arizona this past August 22nd) was not the teleprompter-confined President of speech (he delivered the night before) on Afghanistan.

He was the martyr to an unfair witch hunt. His words after Charlottesville were in reality healing – if the press would just tell the truth. He was misquoted and taken out of context. He has drawn the battle lines to divide a nation between his “us” and the “them” of the others. And he basks in the swagger.

Never mind all the critics outside of the press, the CEOs, the GOP officials who have questioned his mental stability, and the global condemnation.

Trump and – God help America and the rest of the world – possibly the next president of the United States, Mike Pence, arrive in Phoenix, Arizona August 22nd for a good, old-style campaign-like rally, complete with chants of ‘build the wall’ and ‘lock (Hillary) up’, Stalin said the same about the press in 1930s Russia.

But why does he attack the press, as “bad people” who “don’t like our country?” “Sick people?” Why does he say “the only people giving a platform to these hate groups is the media and the fake news?” CNN, the New York Times, and the Washington Post is the enemy. Fox News and Sean Hannity are the good guys.

This bombast is because the press is a check on power. The press is performing its constitutional responsibilities. The investigative reporting has drawn blood.

The forces of political gravity that have tethered his agenda to reality went unstated. So he attacks sanctuary cities. He touts a wall that is apparently being built, and over which he is willing to apparently shut down the government. He hinted at a pardon for the controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio. “Sheriff Joe can feel good.”

A Trump supporter at the Phoenix rally, still sporting one of those all-too-popular ‘Hillary for Prison, 2016’ t-shirts, jabs a finger at “the enemy of the people” – the “lyin” American press Trump accuses of not loving their country.

He keeps fighting the battle over healthcare, unable to let go of a stinging defeat. Over and over he said “one vote away…” fully conscious that one of those key votes that doomed his healthcare effort was the senior senator from Arizona, John McCain. “I won’t mention any names. Very presidential.” And then he attacked the junior senator from Arizona, Republican and Trump critic Jeff Flake, without mentioning his name either. But the tenor was clear. Mr. Trump was ready to attack any GOP senator who has the temerity to go against him.

This was Trump as candidate, uncaged, unscripted, unabashed, and frankly unhinged. The crowd got to chant “lock her up” to the name of Hillary Clinton and cheer a president who claims that he has accomplished more than any president at this point in a term (neve rmind reality).

He was playing to the home crowd. But there is a much bigger world out there, no matter the picture Mr. Trump may wish to paint.

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One response to “Veteran American journalist Dan Rather on an un-presidential president – “uncaged, unscripted, unabashed (and) unhinged.”

  1. It seems there are a lot of cowards in Washington who won’t stand up to this creep for some reason even though he is putting their own re-election prospects in jeopardy and his “basket of deplorables” stand by him no matter what he does or says. As he said, he could shoot someone in Time Square and not lose his base of voters. He defames the very people he needs to get things done and all of his committees and appointees quit in despair at his stupid antics. Wonder why. Then he bullies them for not getting anything done. He perpetually lies and “tweets” and his spokespeople desperately have to try to cover for him. Now Mr Hyperbole says he will shut down the government for the funds to build the “Great Wall of Trump”…as he says…”The greatest wall the world has ever seen.” Guess he’s never been to China). Even many fellow Republicans are declaring him unfit. The guy is definitely mentally deranged and thrives on diversionary tactics, creating chaos and moving the goalposts. He needs to go but it seems those who can set the process in motion don’t have the guts to do so. How much damage will they let him do before they act?

    If and when he goes, in will come Pence, another piece of work but at least not quite as crazy (hopefully) as the current unhinged hate monger. Pence is a loser too if one studies his resume. Meanwhile, who is leading the Democrats? This is their chance to regroup and offer a sane, NEW alternative and certainly not the same old hacks that led to Trump’s win.

    Freedom of the press is enshrined in the Constitution for a reason. Now is precisely the time and the reason that the freedom of the press is so vital and Trump knows that so he will do everything in his power to discredit it. Respected people like Rather need to keep up the pressure.


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