Legendary journalist and television personality Dan Rather, formerly of CBS Evening News, could not bite his lip after Donald Trump solicited his supporters to use guns to stop Hillary Clinton from appointing Supreme Court Justices. He took to Facebook with an epic rant which has received over 240,000 shares as of this writing.
Rather wrote, “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 continued, “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.”
There is no justification Rather felt would explain Trump’s statements, “Candidate Trump will undoubtedly issue an explanation; some of his surrogates are already engaged in trying to gloss it over, but once the words are out there they cannot be taken back. That is what inciting violence means.”
True to Rather’s analysis, numerous individuals aligned with Trump have stepped forward to offer half-hammed explanations about why Donald Trump soliciting violence against Hillary Clinton was not actually Trump soliciting violence.
Rather ended his piece by quoting Abraham Lincoln, “In trying to come to terms with today’s discouraging development the best I can do is to summon our greatest political poet Abraham Lincoln for perspective:
“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”
Lincoln used these stirring words to end his First Inaugural Address. It was the eve of the Civil War and sadly his call for sanity, cohesion and peace was met with horrific violence that almost left our precious Union asunder. We cannot let that happen again.”
The revered journalist is correct. America cannot allow itself to become divided at the hands of Trump’s demagoguery.