As someone who began his career in journalism in 1950, Dan Rather has reported on many of the most important times in our nation’s history. Looking back at the 67 years since he began his career, the list of historic events he’s reported on is seemingly endless.
However, despite his career beginning when segregation still existed, covering Watergate, Iran-Contra, Bill Clinton’s affair, and the Iraq War, Dan Rather has said on more than one occasion he’s never seen anything like Donald Trump and his administration.
Following a stunning CNN report that law enforcement officials have information which suggests “people connected to the [Trump] campaign were in contact [with Russia] and it appeared they were giving the thumbs up to release information when it was ready,” Rather took to Facebook to voice his concerns.
Here are a few excerpts from his post:
I never thought I would ever hear asked again with such urgency and stakes looms large: “What did the President know, and when did he know it?”
Once again, all the caveats must hold. This isn’t proven. Allegations and suspicions are not an indictment. But with each turn of this story, the level of seriousness deepens. Add to this some unorthodox actions by the Republican head of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, briefing President Trump on details of investigations, and we are long past having any excuse not to launch an open bipartisan investigation and a special prosecutor.
I have seen a lot in my lifetime. But I have never seen anything like this. No one has. The cauldron of chaos and confusion which engulfs President Trump in his early days in office is simply unprecedented.
The White House is under siege. The President’s poll numbers drop to record lows. The fires of scandal are encroaching. Around and around it goes, where it stops nobody knows. Dangerous times.
Again, these are comments from an 85-year-old journalist whose career spans nearly seven decades, beginning with the Truman administration, saying this “unprecedented” behavior is unlike anything he’s ever seen. Sure, journalists are known to frequently use hyperbole for emphasis, but it’s clear based on how often Rather has spoken out about the incompetent, corrupt insanity swirling around Trump that he’s not exaggerating when he makes these comments.
For decades we’ve viewed Richard Nixon as the benchmark for political corruption and criminal activity from a president. Nixon’s behavior was crooked, but Watergate pales in comparison to the litany of scandals and accusations currently swirling around Donald Trump.
There’s still a long way to go before we reach any sort of “absolute conclusion” regarding any of this. One of the biggest obstacles we face is becoming complacent. This is an every day battle to save our country from not only the biggest embarrassment ever “elected,” but also our top national security threat.