Under the surreal Trump regime, the news cycle has accelerated to the speed of light. Hardly does a scandal have time to hit the press before it’s replaced by a newer, more insidious story. Throughout it all, veteran journalist Dan Rather has offered thoughtful commentary on events, colored through the lens of his deep historical and professional perspective. It’s reached the point where the moment a Trump scandal breaks people rush to Dan Rather’s page to read his take.
In the wake of the double bombshell that Trump told the Russians he fired Comey to stop the Russian investigation, and that a senior Trump adviser is under investigation by the FBI for Russian collusion, Dan Rather took to Facebook to record his thoughts:
“I have to remember to take a breath. Bam. Bam. Bam. Blockbuster developments hit the news cycle in rapid succession on an administration that many fear has been severely compromised, even while we hope it is not. Bam. Bam. Bam.
My head spins. My heart sinks. I do not know what the next moment will bring – let alone the next hour, day, week or heaven forbid month.
The latest bombshells from the last few hours rise to the level of screaming headlines worthy of a Hollywood script. President Trump apparently telling Russian officials that firing the FBI Director relieved “great pressure” on him – courtesy of the New York Times.
And then an even bigger development. “White House adviser close to Trump is a person of interest in Russia probe.” Bam! From the Washington Post.
Thank God for the free press. The pressure mounts. The fantastic becomes the unbelievable. The unbelievable becomes the believable. The believable becomes old news. All within a matter of hours.
I have never seen a story of this nature move so fast. It reminds of a forest fire devouring dry timber. But what is burning is the very structure of our democracy. My hope is that it is such a raging inferno that even the most cynical members of Mr. Trump’s party cannot ignore the flames. We are well past wondering whether the smoke suggests a fire.”
Rather’s final words plainly put how most Americans are feeling. There is no longer any question of whether or not Trump has inappropriate connections with Russia. The only question is: what is Congress going to do about it?
Rob Haffey is a writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.