Dan Rather Donald Trump Inauguration Day Rant: “So It Begins”
Dan Rather posted a rant about President Donald Trump on Facebook Friday, minutes after the inauguration. See below.
Rather, who has been critical of Trump for nearly two years now, did not hold back in a lengthy post to his more than one million followers. “And so it begins,” he wrote. “Of the nearly 20 inaugurations I can remember, there has never been one that felt like today. Not even close.”
Rather said, “Never mind the question of the small size of the crowds, or the boycott by dozens of lawmakers, or even the protest marches slated for tomorrow across the country. Those are plays upon the stage. What is truly unprecedented in my mind is the sheer magnitude of quickening heartbeats in millions of Americans, a majority of our country if the polls are to be believed, that face today buffeted within and without by the simmering ache of dread.”
“I have never seen my country on an inauguration day so divided, so anxious, so fearful, so uncertain of its course,” the veteran journalist wrote. He noted, “Despite the pageantry of unity on display at the Capitol today, there is a piercing sense that we are entering a chapter in our nation’s evolving story unlike one ever yet written.”
Rather went on to argue, “I think today will be remembered, not so much for the rhetoric or the turns of phrase but for the man who delivered them and the era they usher us forth.” He opined:
“Mr. Trump’s delivery was staccato and there was very little eye contact as he seemed to be reading carefully from a teleprompter. His words and tone were angry and defiant. He is still in campaign mode and nary a whiff of a unifying spirit. There was little or nothing of uplift – the rhetoric of Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Kennedy, or Reagan. We heard a cavalcade of slogans and one liners, of huge promises to ‘bring back an America – whatever that really means to many who look at our history and see progress in our current society.”
Rather further observed, “The applause was sparse, and I imagine many more being turned off, even sickened, rather than inspired by what our new President had to say. President Obama looked on with an opaque poker face. One could only imagine what he was thinking.”
“We can only see what will happen. We hope, for the security and sanctity of our Republic, that Mr. Trump will respond to the challenges with circumspection and wisdom. Today’s rhetoric was not reassuring,” said the newsman.
He ultimately concluded, “We now have a new and untested captain. His power is immense, but it is not bestowed from a divinity on high. It is derived, as the saying goes, from the consent of the governed. That means President Trump now works for us – all of us. And if he forgets that, it will be our duty to remind him.”
In the short time since Rather published his remarks, the post has been shared more than 45,000 times. Read it in full below.