“The thing that worries me most is the sustained assault on truth,” Chernow said, of the “relentless campaign against the very credibility of the news media” in which Trump, who boycotted the dinner for a third year, has engaged.
“Our precious republic feels fragile,” Chernow said, noting that, in the wake of the latest synagogue mass shooting that happened just hours before he spoke, “our civil society feels fragile as well. I shutter at the sheer savagery to which Washington politics has descended.”
“We are being tested, fiercely tested, but I like to think decency will prevail,” Chernow said.
“History shows that, in the short run, the American people can be swept up in all sorts of misguided and wrongheaded things – think Scottsboro Boys, think Japanese internment camps, think Joe McCarthy. But in, the long run, democracy endures,” the renowned historian assured the crowd.
Here are some of Chernows zingers:
-As best I can tell, Washington committed, only made one major blunder as president. He failed to put his name on Mount Vernon and thereby bungled an early opportunity at branding. Clearly deficient in the art of the deal, the poor man had to settle for the lowly title of Father Of His Country. A very sad story.
– On Tuesday, the President let it be known he wanted members of his administration to stay away from this dinner. At first, I was puzzled by this news. But then I learned a rumor was circulating in Washington that I was going to be reading aloud from the redacted portions of the Mueller report and everything was explained.
-There has been some squawking from comedians… I thought theyd have a little sense of humor about my selection. After all, they are comedians. But we need them now more than ever. As Will Rogers once observed, People are taking their comedians seriously and their politicians as a joke. That certainly describes our topsy-tRead More – Source