Director Rob Reiner reverted back to his Meathead character on Wednesday when he claimed on MSNBC that, as a result of Donald Trump being president, America is “in the last stage of a civil war.”
Amidst gushing praise for his “journalism film” titled “Shock and Awe,” Reiner was asked what can be done to protect the media from Trump’s criticisms.
“How does someone who speaks in the media often, who produces films like ‘Shock and Awe’ that are journalism films, but then also somebody that is in Hollywood, how do you push back on that?” Katie Tur asked Reiner.
“You just have to keep pounding away,” he responded.
“There’s nothing else you can do. They’re just angry, their people are angry, and he will feed them whatever they want to keep that anger going,” he said.
“You see it in the rallies. He actually calls for, you know, this kind of outrage and take it out against the media, take it out against immigrants, take it out against whoever you want. That’s what he does,” Reiner asserted.
“He keeps stirring this up. You have to stay at it. You have to stay at it,” he counseled the TV anchor, “There’s no other way.”
“Bring the fact-checking up to 11,” Tur responded.
“Well, if you can,” Reiner lamented. “If you don’t break through, we’re gonna have, we’re in right now, it might be the last stage of a civil war, the last battle is being fought. Hopefully it won’t be fought physically, but we are more divided than we ever have been.
“We’ve got a president who is backed up by media,” Reiner claimed — apparently not referring to CNN, MSNBC, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and a myriad of other mainstream outlets that would prefer to obsess over Russia “collusion”, Stormy Daniels and other soap opera topics.
He said all presidents have pushed “propaganda,” but they’ve “never” been backep by a “state-run media.”
“That’s new,” he claimed.
He didn’t detail the other stages.