Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns warned "this is the most fraught time in the history of our republic" Friday on MSNBC.
"I think this is where the rubber is meeting the road. We're at this desperate place, the convergence of all of these viruses: The side effects of the misinformation and the paranoia and the lying, voter suppression. And then the rewriting of our history, our saying that we're not interested in facts, we're not interested in the truth, we're not interested in the many varied voices that make us up," he said. "Somehow we're now certain that our children can't stand anything but a sanitized Madison Avenue version of our history, when, in fact, we're enriched by the variety and complexity."