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‘Outright cowardice’: Dan Rather rails against Trump and the sycophants who enable him

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Veteran newsman Dan Rather was speechless over the weekend after President Donald Trump claimed former President Barack Obama wiretapped him in Trump Tower. But, Rather did say that the unhinged tweets at 6:30 a.m. are indicative of an “administration in freefall.”

In a Monday Facebook post, Rather explained that the “real Donald Trump has stood up,” and is on full display to the American people as the Commander-in-Chief. The days when Trump could stand before Congress and read a teleprompter like a responsible leader are gone, according to Rather. What it has replaced it is “a punchline to a joke no one wants to have told.”

“Every one who normalizes Mr. Trump now, or has in the past, will have to answer to future generations for their acquiescence, silence or sophistry—if, indeed, not outright cowardice,” he warned.

Rather named each of the times Trump has wielded a conspiracy theory so irrational that few sought to investigate. He went on to blame anyone that benefits from Trump and his unsubstantiated claims.

“Those who cynically use his presidency to push forward unpopular giveaways to the rich and well-connected bear responsibility,” he wrote. “Those in the press who meet insults with explanations bear responsibility.”

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Rather said that many presidents fight to keep themselves in “the real world” and outside the bubble of the Oval Office, “but I have never seen anything like this.”

“Power attracts sycophants and cynics,” Rather wrote. “The sheer level of paranoia that is radiating out of the White House is untenable to the workings of a republic.”

He’s further concerned if Trump actually believes what he tweets. According to Rather, even former President Richard Nixon, “the most paranoid president to date,” managed to lead the country with a calm and measured hand. This administration, however, seems to have gone into a bizarre “whirlwind” since taking office. If reports are true, Trump is even getting worse.

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“There is a growing consensus that the President may be ‘unhinged,'” Rather wrote. “It’s a serious allegation, but even if it is not the case, Mr. Trump only has himself to blame.’

It’s Shakespearean in its level of drama, according to Rather. He even predicts that artists of the future might even write their own versions of epic tales using Trump as a guide.

But, while Trump is hoping for a distraction, Rather thinks he misjudges the American people.

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“We have woken,” Rather closed. “We are paying attention. And we love our country too much to let it falter without a fight.”

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Black man and realtor handcuffed for ‘forced entry’ into property’s open house: lawyers

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On Tuesday, the Daily Mail reported that Anthony Edwards has filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Cincinnati and three police officers after he and his real estate agent, Jerry Isham, were handcuffed and detained at gunpoint last year while touring an open house.

The police were summoned by Thomas Branigan, a retired police officer living next door, who called 911 to report them as home invaders and said they had "forced entry" into the house. He later admitted he did not have a view of the door at the time.

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Rob Reiner has the perfect plan for the GOP and Trump’s ‘N-word tapes’ from ‘The Apprentice’

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For years, there have been rumors about the existence of unbroadcast tapes from NBC's "The Apprentice" that are said to document Donald Trump using the N-word.

Actor Tom Arnold has been pushing the idea.

While conventional wisdom may once of held that such a release would be a political catastrophe for a president, the release could actually help Trump in his 2020 re-election campaign, director Rob Reiner argued on Tuesday.

"I’ve heard there are tapes of Trump using the N-word during his time on The Apprentice. Based on the GOP’s support of his racism, they should ask producer Mark Burnett to release the tapes to boost the support of his base," Reiner tweeted.

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CNN blasted for giving a platform to white supremacist Richard Spencer to defend Trump’s racism

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CNN was highly criticized on Monday for interviewing Richard Spencer, an avowed white supremacist who took part in the fatal "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

"CNN interviewed white supremacist Richard Spencer during a Tuesday segment on President Donald Trump’s racist tweets, in another example of a news outlet inadvertently giving a large platform to white supremacists," The Daily Beast reported.

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