Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather hauled off and hammered rival President Donald Trump on Sunday. The veteran newsman made an appearance on MSNBC show “Morning Joy” with Joy Reid.
As Reid claimed Trump is attempting to move on from this pandemic and reopen the economy because it is “disproportionately killing people who are black and brown, which is not his base.”
Rather replied, “Joy, I think it’s important to point out that this has developed as it became increasingly clear that those who are suffering the most from the covid-19 are people above a certain age and people below a certain level on the economic scale.”
Further he stated, “And once the president became convinced, ‘Okay, it’s those people at the bottom end of the economic scale and some people above, say, age 70 or 80,’ then he took this strategy, this tactic saying, I’m just going to talk about positive things and let the devil take the high note with the deaths. That’s the way of normalizing the deaths.”
As Reid expressed, “Yeah, it’s very —it’s hard to ignore the fact, absolutely as you said, as it has emerged also that it’s disproportionately killing people who are black and brown, which is not his base. You know, so he has sort of moved in a direction that can keep his base thinking, ‘Well those people are the ones at risk, it doesn’t matter to me.’ That is very difficult to miss as well.”
In recent years Rather has become one of President Trump’s most vocal critics. When asked how Trump is handling this pandemic Rather told, “his performance is disappointing, to say the very least. It’s clear that he has decided to lead from behind. He says he doesn’t want to take any responsibility for any strategic or tactical decisions. That’s always somebody else. It’s disappointing and dispiriting and, frankly, disgraceful.”
Last November the 88-year-old ex-anchorman said, “Trump has effected a lot of change—for example, sowing mistrust of just about every major institution. Supporters will say, that’s why we voted for him. But whether you like it or not, a lot of damage has been done.”
Among these institutions are CBS News. Does this go beyond political to personal?