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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 BloombergYang: 'Defund the police is the wrong approach for New York City' New York mayoral candidates go viral for vastly underestimating housing costs Melinda Gates tapped divorce lawyers in 2019 after Epstein links to husband: 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 TrumpVirginia GOP gubernatorial nominee acknowledges Biden was 'legitimately' elected Biden meets with DACA recipients on immigration reform Overnight Health Care: States begin lifting mask mandates after new CDC guidance | Walmart, Trader Joe's will no longer require customers to wear masks | CDC finds Pfizer, Moderna vaccines 94 percent effective in health workers 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."

Bloomberg has been surging in the polls, leapfrogging Democratic 2020 rivals such as Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenSanders: Netanyahu has cultivated 'racist nationalism' Tensions mount among Democrats over US-Israel policy Warren says Republican Party 'eating itself and it is discovering that the meal is poisonous' MORE (D-Mass.) and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegInfrastructure deal imperiled by differences on financing Biden says he and GOP both 'sincere about' seeking infrastructure compromise The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Colonial pays hackers as service is restored MORE to land in third place behind Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders: Netanyahu has cultivated 'racist nationalism' Former OMB pick Neera Tanden to serve as senior adviser to Biden Tensions mount among Democrats over US-Israel policy MORE (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenVirginia GOP gubernatorial nominee acknowledges Biden was 'legitimately' elected BuzzFeed News finds Biden's private Venmo account Kid reporter who interviewed Obama dies at 23 MORE, who has slipped considerably in recent weeks, in some recent national polls.