Dan Rather has been a vocal critic of President Donald Trump‘s. But on Sunday, the former CBS news anchor tried a different approach — attempting to appeal to Trump in an emotional open letter.
Posting to Facebook Sunday, Rather called on Trump to acknowledge the victims of the stabbing attack in Portland, OR on Friday in which two men were killed and a third was injured in a crime allegedly committed by Jeremy Joseph Christian — a known white supremacist. Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche and Ricky John Bestwere stabbed to death and Micah David-Cole Fletcher was injured when they tried to help two women at whom Christian is said to have yelled anti-Muslim hate speech.
“I wish we would hear you say these names, or even just tweet them,” Rather wrote. “They were brave Americans who died at the hands of someone who, when all the facts are collected, we may have every right to call a terrorist.”
The former CBS Evening News anchor, who currently hosts a show on SiriusXM, then seemed to imply — while noting that he doesn’t believe Trump is to blame for this attacks — that he thinks the President does bear some responsibility for an increase in these types of incidents.
[T]his kind of “extremism” is on the rise, especially in the wake of your political ascendency. Most people who study these sorts of things do not think that is a coincidence. I do not blame you directly for this incident. Nor do I think other people should. But what a President says, who he has around him, and the tone he sets can set the tone for the nation at large.