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20th Nov 2016

Legendary broadcaster Dan Rather savages Donald Trump over Hamilton tweets

'Unfitting of the office of the presidency'.

Tony Cuddihy

One of the greatest TV journalists in history has labelled Donald Trump a ‘thin-skinned bully.’

Dan Rather, writing on his Facebook page, has spoken out against Donald Trump’s reaction to the cast of the musical Hamilton addressing his Vice President Elect, Mike Pence, on Friday night.

Trump would go on to claim that cast had ‘harassed’ Pence by addressing him from the stage when, in fact, they had made a reasoned and impassioned plea for the new administration to respect people of all ethnic backgrounds.

Rather was having none of it, calling out the hypocrisy of Trump looking for an apology when he had insulted his way to become the leader of the free world.

This is what he wrote:

‘Bullies are often thin-skinned, quick to overreact when challenged, and undone when people are no longer afraid to speak truth to their face. Great presidents are almost always the opposite in all those categories.

‘Reflecting on Donald Trump’s complete overreaction to a statement made at the end of a performance of Broadway’s Hamilton: An American Musical, I couldn’t help but think – doesn’t this man have more important things to worry about? Hasn’t the theater long been a stage for political art? And isn’t this a man who broke so many norms as a candidate, insulted so many people – individually and as groups – that he now has the nerve to demand an apology when he never gave one himself?

‘I know there are many who say that this incident shouldn’t be blown out of proportion. Yes, when compared to cabinet posts or paying out $25 million in a fraud case against “Trump University,” a Tweet maybe might not seem that important. But being president is to have every word you utter scrutinized. And these words are intimidating and unfitting of the office of the presidency. But more importantly, they show a real weakness of vanity and small-mindedness that our enemies abroad will likely look to exploit. I can also imagine that Trump’s political foes at home are noticing – once again – how easily he can be rattled.

‘I imagine this is not the last we will see of these kinds of incidents.’


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