Published On: Tue, Jun 28th, 2016

Ken Burns attacks Donald Trump during Stanford speech as a ‘charlatan’ good for ratings

Filmmaker Ken Burns attacked the GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump during Stanford’s commencement speech adn then spoke with USA TODAY, saying it was his “responsibility as a citizen to say that.”

“I am keenly aware of historical movements in the past — not just in this country but in other countries — that have been hugely disastrous, catastrophic even for human history. It’s imperative when we have the ability in a democracy to avoid these kinds of things to do so and you don’t do that if you’re just tweeting out a mean tweet.”

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In the speech Sunday, Burns said Trump had “dictatorial tendencies of the candidate with zero experience” and a “terrifying Orwellian statesman.”

“For 216 years our elections — though bitterly contested — had featured the philosophies and characters who were clearly qualified that is not the case this year,” Burns said during his speech. He omitted Trump’s name while insinuating that he was “glaringly not qualified.”

“Before you do anything with your well-earned degree. You must do everything you can to defeat the retrograde forces that have invaded our democratic process,” Burns added.

Burns is an award-winning documentary maker, but claims that he’s attempted to stay neutral for his entire professional life, but this time he had to speak out.

Burns explained why he had unleashed on Trump to USA TODAY:

“There are times when we are required to speak up and speak out … when you find threats to the glories of our political system, the glories of our pluralism, the glories of the strength of our diversity when something threatens that, I think we’re all obligated as citizens to say something about it. And I felt that it was important and I’m not alone, there are many people who are speaking up.”

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  1. […] Ken Burns attacks Donald Trump during Stanford speech as a ‘charlatan’ good for ratings […]

  2. John says:

    Ken, my fellow Delawarean, have you lost your mind? Obviously, you are referring to Trump as not being qualified to be President of the USA. Was Obama? A “community organizer?” You refer to him as a liar. Just what, exactly, would you label Hillary? A truth teller? NOT hardly! If her lips are moving, she is lying, plain and simple. She and Bill have never done anything wrong; it is always the other person who has done so. And, you mention that the media has failed to expose “this charlatan.” Have they exposed the too-many-to-mention issues with the Clintons? Or, have they covered them up? You would rather have a criminal in the White House rather than a business man? Perhaps you should read up on Agenda 21. Perhaps you should do a documentary on liberalism vs. conservatism. You might learn something new.

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