By Harriet Alexander For Dailymail.com
Published: 00:58 GMT, 5 November 2020 | Updated: 01:42 GMT, 5 November 2020
Veteran television anchor Tom Brokaw has praised Donald Trump for his 'very clever' rhetoric on the pandemic during the campaign, noting that his upbeat tone and promise that people would soon be back to work was what 'people wanted to hear'.
The 80-year-old special correspondent for NBC News had rare words of praise for the president during Lester Holt's show on Tuesday night.
'You know, I've been covering presidential politics in this country since 1968. And I've seen a lot of changes,' he said.
'I have never seen the country as deeply and sharply divided as it is now and it's the second cycle of this kind of division with President Trump surprising everybody the first time and, fair to say, surprising everyone a second time with his strong showing.
Tom Brokaw, 80, appeared on Lester Holt's program on Tuesday night as the results came in
Brokaw praised the president's 'very clever' tactics of campaigning to reopen the country