Former White House Journalist and CBS anchor Dan Rather compared Donald Trump to a “caged animal” after he lashed out at Sen. Kristin Gillibrand (D-NY) in a tweet.
Gillibrand, along with other Senators, has called for Trump’s resignation because of numerous allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment.
Trump lashed out at Gillibrand in a tweet:
Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office “begging” for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump. Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2017
In a Facebook post, Rather wrote:
“Have you ever seen a caged animal pacing and baring its fangs?” Rather asked in a the Facebook post. “It is an unsettling sight as any movement or meeting of the eyes can induce a blood-curdling roar and you are left to wonder if those bars are strong enough to protect you from the wrath of nature.”
He continued, “This image has been in my mind of late as I watch what seems to be the encircling forces ensnaring President Trump.”
Rather, who is clearly rattled by the president’s behavior went on to say:
“As is his nature, Mr. Trump is lashing out – most recently at Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand who called on him to resign. The President’s tweet said the Senator ‘would do anything for’ campaign donations. This is disgusting and sexist rhetoric. It is so far below the standards of human decency that no civil person should condone it, let alone normalize it.”
The public outcry for Trump to resign is growing; and the investigation into the Trump campaign’s relationship with Russian officials has the president and his closest aides completely freaked out.
“But I think that what we are seeing here is fear, a deep fear of a world closing in. After all fear is what an animal in a cage really is feeling. The opposition to President Trump is emboldened. It is clear that Democrats who are positioning themselves for a run at the Oval Office in 2020 – like Senator Gillibrand – feel that their path lies through calling out Mr. Trump, especially on his sexual harassment allegations. Meanwhile, Mueller keeps digging, and digging.”
Rather said that no matter the outcome of Alabama’s special election, Trump is doing serious damage to the Republican Party.
“There is a showdown in Alabama tonight. It is impossible to tell what will happen. But whatever the outcome, the Republican Party has become the Party of Trump. And they will have to wear that mantle in front of the American electorate likely for years to come,” Rather concluded.