Legendary news anchor and frequent Trump critic Dan Rather spoke out regarding the administration saying that it is “in freefall.”
“The real Donald Trump has stood up, once again,” Rather wrote in a new Facebook post referring to the President’s recent Twitter storm.
“Let no one ever be fooled. Let there be no doubt. The man who sends out a twitter tirade accusing a former President of crimes for which he provides no evidence, the man who doubles down when everyone with any sense pushes back, that man is our Commander in Chief,” he added.
“The sheer level of paranoia that is radiating out of the White House is untenable to the workings of a republic,” he said.
“I have a real question if President Trump actually believes what he is saying,” Rather continued, adding “Even Richard Nixon, the most paranoid president to date, ruled for years with a relatively calm hand.”
“This Administration has been an off kilter whirlwind since the inauguration, and news reports suggest that seething anger from Mr. Trump is only getting worse.” Rather is holding public figures accountable for challenging Trump regarding his recent claims that former President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the presidential campaign.
“Every one who normalizes Mr. Trump now, or has in the past, will have to answer to future generations for their acquiescence, silence or sophistry – if, indeed, not outright cowardice,” the former ‘CBS Evening News’ anchor said.
“Those who rose in Congress to applaud his turns of phrase bear responsibility. Those who cynically use his presidency to push forward unpopular giveaways to the rich and well connected bear responsibility. Those in the press who meet insults with explanations bear responsibility,” Rather warned.
He also blasted Trump for his lies and conspiracy theories. “This is a man who challenged the citizenship of President Obama, with lies, innuendo, and no evidence. This is a man who claimed widespread voter fraud with lies, innuendo, and no evidence. This is a man who has taken a rhetorical blowtorch to our Constitutional principles with lies, innuendo, and no evidence.”
“Conspiracy theories are corrosive in society at large. When they dictate national policy, they can be lethal.”
The former news anchor also said that Trump’s allegations against Obama are not going to distract the American people who are skeptical of his ties with Russia.
“As the questions mount around Russia, as the circles of defense begin to falter, the determination to create diversions will escalate. [But] we have woken. We are paying attention. And we love our country too much to let it falter without a fight.”