Dan Rather shreds Trump using his ‘incredible cocoon of privilege' to defend accused former White House wife beater
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Broadcasting legend Dan Rather, the longtime anchor for the CBS Evening News, took to Facebook on Saturday to blast the "madness" in President Donald Trump's White House.

"The Rob Porter wife beating scandal that has the White House under siege is a heat-seeking missile to the heart of many of President Trump's biggest fears and vulnerabilities," Rather reported.

Rather said the scandal reminds everyone that "Mr. Trump too has been credibly accused of assault (by multiple women)" and that "there have been several other people close to Trump accused of sexual and physical assault."

Rather served as White House correspondent for CBS News during President Richard Nixon's Watergate era and covered four more presidents while anchoring the evening news.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly was singled out for criticism.

"A chief of staff who was brought in to create order is now spreading chaos," Rather observed. "Mr. Trump's vow to bring in only the 'best people' to work with him rings hollow, and the administration is having a tough time finding people to work in the White House."

"Meanwhile the incredible cocoon of privilege and ego with which the President envelopes himself blinds him to the sheer horror of his statements in defense of Mr. Porter," Rather noted. "What about the lives of these women? Have they not been 'shattered and destroyed'?"

"Mr. Trump once again proves he is indifferent to the fate of anyone other than himself," Rather suggested.

"Debating whether credibly accused wife beaters should be allowed the honor (and that is what it is) to serve in the White House isn't democracy. It's madness - and a moment of sadness for the country," Rather concluded.