Maddow Indulges 'The Great' Dan Rather: Russians Pulled Off a 'Cyber Pearl Harbor' in 2016

June 10th, 2017 11:44 AM

On Friday night, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow brought on who she called “the great Dan Rather” for two segments to discuss their ongoing trauma that Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election. The disgraced former CBS anchor was still fabricating a disaster, or disastrously fabricating, that what the Russians did in 2016 was achieve a “psychological Pearl Harbor,” or a “cyber Pearl Harbor,” that the election of Trump was a devastating blow to America.

RATHER: Now your question was, are we in a situation of real peril? I would say the Trump presidency is in peril, and because it’s in peril, we are in some danger ourselves, because there’s a lot that needs to be done in the country. But you know, there’s so much talk about Trump and Comey, and who’s telling the truth, and who isn’t telling the truth, I think it’s really important for Americans to understand, the big question: How this all started and how it, the direction where it should go, is what did the Russians do?


RATHER: Because, here you have a situation, the Russians pulled off what I call a psychological Pearl Harbor. A surprise attack that was devastating to the confidence of our whole situation of elections, and therefore our whole system of government. It’s one of the great psychological warfare victories in the history of --

MADDOW: And it’s interesting because you can look at history, recent history, and see them do the same thing to small countries, and other countries in their geographic and ideological orbit, you know, former Soviet states, and small countries on their borders, so we can see them doing it. But it was a shock and a surprise to us because we thought hey, we think of ourselves as a country that’s protected by our oceans, but also we think of ourselves as the great power in the world, the sole surviving superpower in the world, someone who would never be susceptible to the kind of tactics that work against these smaller countries Russia’s been influencing –

RATHER: And I believe, if it was tried, it wouldn’t work against us, in our hubris, if you want to use that word, we were too confident, we were overconfident. ‘Listen, if the Russians ever tried that here, it would never work in America.’ Well, it worked to a devastating, if not catastrophic effect, and I call it a psychological Pearl Harbor.

Liberals are so traumatized by Hillary losing and they're not getting over it. It's just like Thomas Friedman calling the loss a "moral 9/11."

Rather also appeared on CNN Tonight with Don Lemon, as Mediaite reported, and "courage" demands Republicans remove Trump: 

“Up to now, we have no profiles of courage among the Republicans,” he stated. “Someone really speaking out saying ‘Trump is bad for the country and bad for the party.'”

Rather is convinced that once President Trump’s poll numbers drop below 30%, you’ll see Republicans “go the other way.”

Rather also kept the wacky historical analogies, suggesting Trump's effort to destroy Jim Comey is like "Sherman's march to the sea." At least he put Trump on the anti-slavery side of this one. He complained the Democrats haven't shown the guts to call Trump out for "impeachment-quality offenses."