Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather had some harsh words for the president during his interview on Friday night with CNN’s Don Lemon, predicting that Republicans could start pulling their support for the president if his approval rating falls below 30 percent.
The conversation opened with a discussion about President Trump in the aftermath of former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday. Rather accused Trump of being“desperate” to “regain the narrative” at his joint press conference Friday afternoon.
When Lemon pressed Rather on why Republicans aren’t giving a ‘”full-throated” defense of Trump, the former CBS anchor replied, “Because I think they’re afraid where this may go.”
“They’re afraid that he may have indeed committed some impeachable offense, and also they’re hearing from home that a lot of their constituents have increasing concerns about the Trump presidency,” he told Lemon.
Rather then took direct aim at the Republican party, saying, “Up until now, we have no profiles of courage among the Republicans… someone speaking out saying Trump is bad and bad for the party.”
Despite being mired in a series of controversies since day one of Trump’s presidency, GOP lawmakers have mainly backed the president amid declining approval ratings among the American populace.
However, Rather is convinced that if Trump’s poll numbers slip below 30% percent, Republicans could start to “go the other way.”
“As long as he’s able to hold that 35-38 poll rating – you may not see that, but I repeat for emphasis, once it gets down below 30 percent, you’ll see some Republicans going the other way,” said the former host.
Watch the full interview below.
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