Former colleague Brit Hume on Sam Donaldson's Bloomberg endorsement: 'Never thought I'd see this'

Brit Hume, who once served as a White House correspondent for ABC News, said he "never thought" he would see his former colleague Sam DonaldsonSamuel (Sam) Andrew DonaldsonMSNBC's Nicolle Wallace says she'll 'gladly' vote for Sanders Former colleague Brit Hume on Sam Donaldson's Bloomberg endorsement: 'Never thought I'd see this' Sam Donaldson pens op-ed endorsing Bloomberg for president MORE endorse a political candidate after the longtime journalist announced his support for 2020 Democratic White House hopeful Michael BloombergMichael BloombergIt's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Liberals embrace super PACs they once shunned .7 billion expected to be spent in 2020 campaign despite coronavirus: report MORE.

Donaldson, 86, served as ABC's White House correspondent from 1977 to 1989, before Hume, who is currently with Fox News, was awarded the job. Donaldson is best known for his clashes with former President Reagan during his two terms in the 1980s.

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In addition to announcing his endorsement of Bloomberg during an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper on Friday night, the retired newsman also did an endorsement video for the former New York City mayor and billionaire's campaign that was released on Saturday.

“We are in the grip ... of a sick, ignorant man,” Donaldson, a staunch critic of President TrumpDonald John TrumpFormer employees critique EPA under Trump in new report Fired State Department watchdog says Pompeo aide attempted to 'bully' him over investigations Virginia senator calls for Barr to resign over order to clear protests MORE throughout his first three years in the White House, told Cooper on Friday.

“He’s mean, he’s corrupt and if we don’t get this right, we may lose the things that have made this country the best place to live in the world and that shining city on a hill that Ronald Reagan used to talk about that was the envy of the world,” Donaldson added.

Donaldson's endorsement was also criticized by journalist Emily Miller, who once worked under Donaldson at ABC News.

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"I am really thrown off by seeing Sam Donaldson -- my former boss @ABC -- doing a political ad," Miller wrote. "This hurts all working reporters who are trying to prove to the public they aren't all liberal and biased."

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