Dan Rather Reflects On 2020, Trump's Legacy And The 'Deep And Wide' Divisions Of America

Written by on November 27, 2020

Dan Slightly mirrored on a chaotic 2020, questioned how historical past will choose President Donald Trump and addressed the deep divisions in the USA in an interview with The Washington Put up printed Monday.

The coronavirus pandemic led to an outburst of misinformation and “lies … spreading quicker than mildew in a moist basement,” the veteran newsman mentioned.

That mixed with the chaotic presidential election and the rise of propaganda to create a storm that in comparison with earlier pivotal factors in America’s historical past, together with the Nice Melancholy and the civil rights motion of the 1960s, Slightly mentioned.

However 2020 was additionally its personal beast, he added. “We’ve seen tough instances earlier than, however little question about it, 2020 was tough,” Slightly mentioned. “In some methods it was uniquely tough, I believe, when it comes to each the spirit and tone and substance of the presidency.”

The previous “CBS Night Information” anchorman added that it was very tough for him to think about “that historical past goes to be something however exceptionally harsh on President Trump.”

“He attacked anyone and everyone who disagreed with him, together with members of the judiciary, members of Congress, the press,” Slightly mentioned. “He did immense injury to the establishments, and that injury can’t be repaired very simply.” 

Slightly added that he has all the time been an optimist and believes in America’s resilience, however the truth that a big share of People nonetheless voted for Trump gave him pause.

“Should you learn the election returns, there have been greater than 70 million individuals who voted to return Donald Trump to the presidency,” Slightly mentioned. “This has me rethinking how actually deep and broad divisions are. I’m sorry to say that, and I’d like to be confirmed flawed, however I believe the election speaks loud and clear.”

Slightly referred to as President-elect Joe Biden a very good man and mused that he may be as much as the duty of guiding America towards a much less divisive period. But it surely’s as much as all People to do their half to convey the nation again from a interval largely outlined by presidential braggadocio, partisan bickering and propaganda masquerading as truth, he mentioned.

“I do suppose we’d like each within the political sphere and in each sphere within the nation an angle of: ‘Hear, you and I could disagree about 100 issues, and we’re not going to agree about these. Let’s discover one factor that we will agree on that’s frequent floor and work on it.’”

Learn the total interview right here.

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