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Dan Rather Responds To Trump's 'Vicious' Rant Against The Press

The news icon reminded Americans that "the pen is mightier than the sword."
Legendary newsman Dan Rather lashed out against Donald Trump, who attacked the press for asking him basic questions about his
Legendary newsman Dan Rather lashed out against Donald Trump, who attacked the press for asking him basic questions about his own previous statements. 

"I felt a shudder down my spine yesterday watching Donald Trump's fusilade against the press."

So begins the seven-paragraph Facebook post written by legendary newsman Dan Rather about a press conference Donald Trump gave on Tuesday. 

The reality TV star and presumptive GOP presidential nominee attacked the press instead of answering questions about where the nearly $6 million he claimed he’d raised for veterans charities had gone. Essentially, Trump got angry at journalists for doing their job.

Rather shared his thoughts Wednesday on Facebook:

It's no surprise to see the 84-year-old news icon take a stand against Trump and defend the need for a free, thorough and critical press.

Rather himself was a reporter embroiled in conflict during an election season. During the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago, he was punched after attempting to question a Georgia delegate about police riots and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's war on antiwar protesters.

Rather and Trump have a somewhat contentious past, as the real estate mogul in 2008 called the anchor a "loser" with "low ratings."

Rather's post about Trump's "personal and vicious" rhetoric serves as a reminder to the press that they should keep asking the tough questions, regardless of Trump's insistence otherwise. It has been shared just shy of 45,000 times so far.

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liarrampant xenophoberacistmisogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S. 

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