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Dan Rather Rips Trump’s ‘Willful Disregard For The Rule Of Law’ And The ‘Institutions Of Our Democracy’

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Dan Rather Rips Trump’s ‘Willful Disregard For The Rule Of Law’ And The ‘Institutions Of Our Democracy’

Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather ripped into President Trump on Friday, accusing our first reality TV president of possessing a “willful disregard for the rule of law.”

“I have seen weeks of far greater darkness, of war, and death, and economic despair,” Rather wrote in the scathing Facebook post. “I have seen weeks of more confusion and uncertainty.”

“But I have never seen a week where a president of our nation has behaved with such a cavalier disregard for the norms and institutions of our democracy.”




Trump took to Twitter on Friday to warn fired FBI Director James Comey about “tapes” of their conversations.

Said Rather:

I have lived through nearly 4,500 weeks in my life, and I have never seen a week like the one we just had.

I have seen weeks of far greater darkness, of war, and death, and economic despair. I have seen weeks of more confusion and uncertainty. But I have never seen a week where a president of our nation has behaved with such a cavalier disregard for the norms and institutions of our democracy. And it now seems like the investigation is expanding into Trump’s business dealings. The comparisons with Richard Nixon are plentiful these days, but even he did not seem so untethered from our basic governance. And I have never seen so many members of a political party rally around incompetence, intemperance, and inanity.

The threats, the lies, the willful disregard for the rule of law should be limited to the world of Hollywood caricature. To see this played out each night on the news, to read about ramblings and inconsistencies in justifications for actions that should never have been taken, is to see a moment of great peril for our nation.

I remain, however, an optimist. I see the swellings of civic engagement and action. I hear the voices of those who demand that this subversion of our national ideals shall not stand. I have covered the social movement of the past and never have seen one where so much power and numbers lie on the side of the opposition. This is a clash for the values of our nation. Our destiny is in our hands.




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