A former talk show host said President Donald Trump’s administration is ‘the darkest political moment in American history’.
Phil Donahue, who hosted his own talk show from 1967 to 1996, was speaking with Joy Reid on MSNBC Saturday.
Over the course of his 29-year run hosting ‘The Phil Donahue Show’, the talk show great interviewed Trump three times.
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Former talk show host Phil Donahue said President Donald Trump’s administration is ‘the darkest political moment in American history’ on MSNBC (pictured)
The former host of The Phil Donahue Show was speaking with Joy Reid on Saturday (pictured)
On Saturday, Reid and Donahue talked about Trump.
‘All of a sudden, we’ve got a crotch-grabber for a president,’ Donahue said.
‘This is the darkest political moment in American history. Who’s going to argue that?’
Early on in the 10-minute segment, Reid asked Donahue if he ever thought Trump would ever become Commander in Chief after his interviews with him, specifically after an interview from 1987, right after Art of the Deal was released.
‘Are you serious? Oh not even in a million years. Who did? I thought he was a hot dog,’ Donahue said.
‘But he really reached out. He worked hard. He collected celebrities and made a lot of noise and got his name on a lot of buildings.’
Reid mentioned that she thought Trump hadn’t changed much at all from that interview 30 years ago, though some people say he is different now.
Donahue said he thought people were attracted to Trump because of his ability to call out their disappointment with ‘mainstream media’. President Donald Trump is pictured leaving the 72nd US Women’s Open Golf Championship at Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, New Jersey on Saturday
Over the course of the 29 years that The Phil Donahue ran, Donahue interviewed Trump three times. Trump is pictured in an interview from 1987
On Saturday, Donahue said: ‘All of a sudden, we’ve got a crotch-grabber for a president,’ Donahue said. This is the darkest political moment in American history. Who’s going to argue that?’ The former talk show host is pictured interviewing Trump in 1987
Donahue also said he thought people were attracted to Trump because of his ability to call out their disappointment with ‘mainstream media’, which Donahue said ignored the average person.
Reid asked the former talk show host if he thought that anything would change Trump supporters’ minds and if it would be possible for the president to be impeached.
Donahue said: ‘I think he’s Elvis,’ meaning Trump’s base ‘will not tolerate a criticism of him’.
He added: ‘I think it’s too dangerous for a member of Congress to vote for impeachment and upset a significant number of his own constituency.
‘It’s a third rail – he could risk his own reelection.’
Donahue told Reid he never would have imagined Trump would be president when he interviewed him on his talk show. Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron are pictured at the traditional Bastille day military parade on the Champs-Elysees on July 14 in Paris