Republican President Donald Trump is not a novice at making nasty, boneheaded remarks on Twitter, a habit he picked up long before he became the President of the United States.
However, Trump seems to be ratcheting up the maliciousness in his personal attack messages on Twitter. Following the president’s recent tweet about Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, former news anchor Dan Rather observed that Trump is now exhibiting the behavior of a “caged animal.”
With the renewed attention on the many sexual misconduct allegations against Trump, Sen. Gillibrand of New York was compelled to publicly call for Trump’s resignation. This predictably did not go over well with Trump, and he responded by tweeting suggestively, “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!” Regarding this turn of events and others, iconic newsman Rather asked in a post on his Facebook page, “Have you ever seen a caged animal pacing and baring its fangs? 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. This image has been in my mind of late as I watch what seems to be the encircling forces ensnaring President Trump.”
Dan went on, “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.” He added, “But unlike a caged animal there are very few bars between President Trump and the fate of our republic. What there is are our institutions, some of which like the courts and the press have largely held. Others of which, like a Congress full of Republican apologists, have not – up to this point. 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.” Do you think Rather’s assessment of Trump is correct?