Dan Rather blasts Donald Trump’s campaign, calling him the “biggest propaganda coup” for ISIS.
Former “CBS Evening News” anchor Dan Rather has been making the news circuit this month, blasting Donald Trump as “the best propaganda tool that ISIS has had in a very long time.”
Speaking to MSNBC host Rachel Maddow earlier this month, Rather slammed both Donald Trump and Ted Cruz for “confusing the bully pulpit with the BS pulpit.”
“We need to see clearly what’s happening here,” he told Maddow. “Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and the like, they’re confusing the bully pulpit with the BS pulpit. I’m convinced that both Trump and Ted Cruz — not limited to them in the Republican Party — believe that if you can’t convince people with substance, then you blind them with BS. And with Trump, it’s worked fairly well.”
Speaking to Maddow about Trump’s recent comments about Muslims, Rather stated: “What he said about immigration and limiting immigrants, this is the best propaganda tool that ISIS has had in a very long time. It’s also good news to the Democrats and Hillary Clinton.”
More recently, Rather spoke with TheWrap host Stuart Brazel in an interview aired shortly before Christmas.
Speaking about Trump’s appeal and potential danger to America, Rather blunted restated his earlier remarks to Maddow, saying: “What he said about Muslims, the effect of that is a great advantage for ISIS.”
“This is the greatest propaganda coup for ISIS in recent times,” he continued, adding that the the terrorist organization could reach out to prospective followers and recruits by pointing out that a leading contender for the U.S. presidency is anti-Muslim.
Rather also warned the media not to underestimate Trump, stating that while Trump appears to make dumb statements, he is actually quite smart and all of the controversial comments Trump makes are “tactical moves” intended to attract the hard-right base.
You can watch Rather speaking to Rachel Maddow, below, followed by his interview with TheWrap.
Dan Rather Calls Donald Trump ‘Biggest Propaganda Coup’ for ISIS