On Sunday Donald Trump went crazy on Twitter, and veteran newsman Dan Rather is not happy about it.
In his latest Twitter tirade, Trump is claiming, without evidence, that his popular vote loss was the result of “millions of people — a claim that seems to have originated on Alex Jones‘ conspiracy site InfoWars. When Politifact looked at the claim, they rated it “false” and found that the Infowars story sourced a report that did not exist and tweets from an individual who refused to provide his evidence.
In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2016
In response, Rather took to his Facebook page and called on Trump’s closest confidants to “please take away his phone and tell him that he now has a very big job to do” that involves dealing in “reality.”
“There are no training wheels for being president,” Rather wrote. “You go from a common citizen to the most powerful person on the planet. And that is not a joke.”
Could someone who has Donald Trump’s ear please take away his phone and tell him that he now has a very big job to do that requires paying attention to reality? There are no training wheels for being president. You go from a common citizen to the most powerful person on the planet. And that is not a joke.
“He’s got the whole world in his hands” is an old spiritual that has become a favorite of camping trips and sing-a-longs about the power of the Almighty. But when it comes to the affairs of humankind and the planet, you could make the case that you could almost say the same thing about the powers of the president of the United States.
War and peace. Justice and the economy. Even now with the looming catastrophe of climate change, the very health of our Earth. All are in the hands of the president. But here we have Donald Trump, who will soon be sitting behind the desk of the Oval Office tasked with decisions that will shape millions of lives and our world, tweeting lies – lies – about illegal votes.
The very job description of the presidency is you can’t afford to be petty. Richard Nixon was and it destroyed him. But I can’t think of anyone else who was so obsessed with apparent slights and minutiae. Donald Trump has won the presidency. I know there is a movement to recount votes in a few key states, but barring a plot twist worthy of the Twilight Zone I can’t see all of this changing much. For Trump it should be a minor distraction to task a junior aid to keep in touch with not what dominates his mind to such a degree that he issues multiple public statements about it – statements far adrift from any reported fact.