Legendary journalist Dan Rather spoke out in response to some of the latest news, saying all Americans must hold Donald Trump accountable.
“Now is a time when none of us can afford to remain seated or silent. We must all stand up to be counted.” Rather wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday.
“History will demand to know which side you were on. This is not a question of politics or party or even policy. This is a question about the very fundamentals of our beautiful experiment in a pluralistic democracy ruled by law.”
Rather said that he is speaking out in light of the recent news and events particularly in light of white nationalists and neo-Nazis celebrating Trump’s presidential victory.
“When I see neo-Nazis raise their hands in terrifying solute, in public, in our nation’s capital, I shudder in horror. When I see that action mildly rebuked by a boilerplate statement from the President-elect whom these bigots have praised, the anger in me grows. And when I see some in a pliant press turn that mild statement into what they call a denunciation I cannot hold back any longer.”
The veteran journalist also ripped into Trump because of his appointments, pointing out that that they signal that he will indeed nurture fringe, intolerant supporters.
“This is not about tax policy, healthcare or education — even though all of those and more are so important. This is about racism, bigotry, intimidation and the specter of corruption.
I hope that the president-elect can learn to rise about this and see the dangers brewing. If he does and speaks forcibly, and with action, we should be ready to welcome his voice. But of course I am deeply worried that his selections of advisors and Cabinet posts suggests otherwise.”
While on Tuesday Trump condemned the neo-Nazi event, critics expressed skepticism comparing it to Trump’s attacks on the cast of ‘Hamilton’ simply for addressing the Vice President-elect Mike Pence, or his political opponents.