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Dan Rather on Trump: What’s worse — believing in Santa at age 7 or not believing in climate change at age 72?

Veteran CBS News anchor Dan Rather took a dig at President Trump this Tuesday after a Christmas Eve chat Trump had with a 7-year-old went viral.

While taking calls from children calling the North American Aerospace Defense Command Santa tracker, Trump chatted with the child, at one point asking, “Are you still a believer in Santa?”

“Because at 7, it’s marginal, right?” Trump said.

Immediately, Twitter blew up with people slamming Trump for seemingly casting doubt into an innocent childhood belief system.

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a REAL smile on trump’s face before,” one person tweeted. “But here he is, spending Christmas Eve, asking a 7-year-old if he still believes in Santa ‘because at 7, it’s marginal, right?’ Dream-crushing gets him smiling.”

“No other president has had the guts to ruin a kid’s Christmas just hours before they think Santa is arriving,” tweeted another. “This is what sets Trump apart.”

Comedian Sarah Silverman jumped into the fray, acknowledging that Trump actually managed to tell the truth for once — at the worst possible time.

“The one time he tells the truth it’s to tell a [7-year-old] there’s no Santa #MAGA,” she tweeted.

Rather fired off a tweet of his own, asking which is more “marginal,” a child who believes in Santa, or a septuagenarian who still thinks climate change is a hoax.

Just a thought,” Rather tweeted. “Which should be considered more “marginal” – believing in Santa at age 7 or not believing in climate change at age 72?”

As of this writing, the tweet has been liked and shared almost 300,000 times.

This November, Trump publicly rejected a report detailing the effects of climate change — a report that was published by scientists within his own administration.

“One of the problems that a lot of people like myself, we have very high levels of intelligence but we’re not necessarily such believers,” Trump said. “You look at our air and our water and it’s right now at a record clean.”

“As to whether or not it’s man-made and whether or not the effects that you’re talking about are there, I don’t see it — not nearly like it is,” he added.

Featured image: nrkbeta/Gage Skidmore (Flickr)

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