Legendary newsman Dan Rather took the gloves off and smacked down Donald Trump for calling on gun nuts to shoot Hillary Clinton.
On Tuesday during a rally in North Carolina, the Republican nominee went off script again and told Second Amendment nuts that they are the only ones who can stop Hillary Clinton from nominating judges to the Supreme Court.
It was an threat unprecedented in our democratic process that forced the Secret Service to respond, which is awkward because they are the one charged with protecting Trump and Hillary and would be in the line of fire if right-wing gun nuts do what Trump suggested.
In addition, what Trump did is a felony, which completely contradicts his claim to be the “law and order” candidate.
The media went into a frenzy after Trump’s remarks and social media exploded.
And former CBS News anchor Dan Rather chimed in on Facebook with a lengthy smackdown of his own.
“No trying-to-be objective and fair journalist, no citizen who cares about the country and its future can ignore what Donald Trump said today,” he began.
When he suggested that “The Second Amendment People” can stop Hillary Clinton he crossed a line with dangerous potential. By any objective analysis, this is a new low and unprecedented in the history of American presidential politics. This is no longer about policy, civility, decency or even temperament. This is a direct threat of violence against a political rival. It is not just against the norms of American politics, it raises a serious question of whether it is against the law. If any other citizen had said this about a Presidential candidate, would the Secret Service be investigating?
Rather continued by shaming those who have condemned Trump’s rhetoric in the past but still support him as the candidate.
To anyone who still pretends this is a normal election of Republican against Democrat, history is watching. And I suspect its verdict will be harsh. Many have tried to do a side-shuffle and issue statements saying they strongly disagree with his rhetoric but still support the candidate. That is becoming woefully insufficient. The rhetoric is the candidate.
This cannot be treated as just another outrageous moment in the campaign. We will see whether major newscasts explain how grave and unprecedented this is and whether the headlines in tomorrow’s newspapers do it justice. We will soon know whether anyone who has publicly supported Trump explains how they can continue to do.
And then he concluded by quoting Abraham Lincoln on the eve of the Civil War, lamenting that Lincoln’s call for sanity and unity was ignored and the country erupted in division and violence.
“We cannot let that happen again,” Rather said.
Here’s the full post via Facebook.
Donald trump is not fit to be president and it’s time for Republicans to wake up to what they have let their party become. Trump should be behind bars, not the leader of a major political party.
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