Dan Rather blasts Trump's attack on the press as 'a deep betrayal'

Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather took to Facebook on Saturday and called President Donald Trump's recent attacks on the press a "deep betrayal of our national history."

"I have resisted commenting on President Trump's outrageous attack on the press," said Rather, who felt the need to speak out following Trump's recent tweet claiming the media was "the enemy of the American people."

Rather, however, refused to address Trump's claim directly, instead focusing his attention toward Republicans he deemed as Trump's "enablers." "By their silence on this travesty normalize a behavior that is antithetical to our Constitutional principles," he continued.

"Future generations will not look kindly on profiles in cowardice."

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US President Donald Trump speaks during a press conference on February 16, 2017, at the White House in Washington, DC. / AFP / Nicholas Kamm (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
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CNN reporter Jim Acosta (Rear) listens to a question from Fox News Channel reporter John Roberts during a news conference by U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 16, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Vice Preisdent Mike Pence (L) and other White House staff and advisors including counselor Kellyanne Conway (R) listen during a news conference by U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 16, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
U.S. President Donald Trump takes questions during a news conference at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 16, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
U.S. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence (C) laughs along with Senior Advisor Jared Kushner (L) during a news conference by U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 16, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Reporters shout questions during a news conference by U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 16, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
U.S. President Donald Trump holds a news conference at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 16, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump answers questions during a news conference at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 16, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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Vice President Mike Pence (L-R), Senior Advisor Jared Kushner, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Special Assistant Boris Epshteyn (R) all laugh at a response from U.S. President Donald Trump during a news conference at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 16, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
CNN reporter Jim Acosta asks a question during a news conference by U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 16, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
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Rather has been more outspoken in recent weeks, posting on the social media platform that the controversy over the Trump administration's administration's ties to Russia could be as big as "Watergate."

The former anchor's statement follows President Trump's unprecedented Thursday press conference, that MSNBC host and former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough called "one of the most chaotic, rambling press conferences anybody has ever seen."

Following the media's negative response to the presser, and multiple polls from Pew, Gallup, and FOX News showing Trump's approval rating at historically low levels, the president tweeted out "The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!"

Trump then used conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh's praise of the controversial press conference as evidence that any critiques of the presser are "fake news" and "dishonest."

"One of the most effective press conferences I've ever seen!" says Rush Limbaugh. Many agree.Yet FAKE MEDIA calls it differently! Dishonest," Trump tweeted.

Rather wrapped up his Facebook post with a message to his colleagues in the media. "To my fellow journalists, I know you will not be bullied or intimidated. Keep doing your job. Your country depends on your service. Courage."

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