CNN political analyst David Gergen issued a stark warning about the Trump administration on Sunday, saying the threat of authoritarian rule under President TrumpDonald John TrumpOver 100 lawmakers consistently voted against chemical safeguards: study CNN's Anderson Cooper unloads on Trump Jr. for spreading 'idiotic' conspiracy theories about him Cohn: Jamie Dimon would be 'phenomenal' president MORE is growing. 

"It is the beginnings, in many other countries it's been the beginnings of an authoritarian rule, and that's the larger threat hanging over us now," Gergen said on CNN's "Reliable Sources."

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Gergen was referring to Trump's comments slamming the news media, which has often been critical of the president, as well as institutions like the FBI.

"We have an election that's just around the corner later this year. What if the Democrats take the House back? Is all of that going to be blamed on fake news? What if they fall short? Are Democrats going to think, you know, it was all that meddling, and they have won a few seats that they wouldn't have otherwise won," he said earlier. 

Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE last week announced charges against over a dozen Russians in the federal probe into Russia's election meddling.  

In response, Trump issued a series of tweets slamming the news media and the ongoing probes into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. He also blamed the Obama administration for not doing enough to deter Russia. 

 

 

The president took aim specifically at CNN on Sunday, referring to the network as a "big ratings loser," citing its coverage of the Russian investigations. 

 

 

Trump's tweet included another user's tweet showing a cartoon of Wolf Blitzer as an old man in 2038, with the caption "Update! We should see evidence of Russia-Trump collusion any day now."