Ken Burns Offers Blistering Takedown Of Donald Trump In Stanford Commencement Speech

August 8, 2016
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“Asking this man to assume the highest office in the land would be like asking a newly minted car driver to fly a 747.”

06/12/2016 04:14 pm ET | Updated Jun 12, 2016

This assessment of the (unnamed) Megalomaniac was succinct, measured and brilliant. The Ugly (American par excellence) could not be more fully deserving.

an excerpt:

Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns spent more than 10 minutes of his Stanford University commencement speech Sunday demolishing everything about presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

At the top of his speech in Stanford Stadium, in Palo Alto, California, Burns noted he always strives for “conscious neutrality in my work, avoiding the advocacy of many of my colleagues.”

But he soon ripped into the candidate, telling graduates that the stakes were too high to pretend that he could potentially be a good choice for the presidency.

“There comes a time when I and you can no longer remain neutral, silent — we must speak up and speak out,” said Burns, who is known for historical documentaries. “For 216 years, our elections — though bitterly contested — have featured the philosophies and characters of candidates who were clearly qualified.”

“That is not the case this year,” he said, to a round of applause.

[Read the full speech]

During his takedown, Burns made several stinging points without even using the candidate’s name.

“He is an insult to our history,” Burns said. A moment later, he implored: “Do not be deceived by his momentary good behavior. It is only a spoiled, misbehaving child hoping somehow to still have dessert.”

Below is the full 2016 Stanford University Commencement. You may listen to the introduction and speech of Ken Burns, beginning at point 1:06:31.

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Wayne Northey was Director of Man-to-Man/Woman-to-Woman – Restorative Christian Ministries (M2/W2) in British Columbia, Canada from 1998 to 2014, when he retired. He has been active in the criminal justice arena and a keen promoter of Restorative Justice since 1974. He has published widely on peacemaking and justice themes. You will find more about that on this website: a work in progress.

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