CNN host Don Lemon was described by Trump as the “dumbest man on television” after Lemon held a segment that mocked Trump’s supporters. “Don Lemon, the dumbest man on television (with terrible ratings!),” Trump tweeted.
The Saturday show featured panelists Rick Wilson, a former GOP strategist, and New York Times columnist and CNN contributor Wajahat Ali.
The president’s tweet was in response to a video posted by The Daily Caller wherein Lemon laughed as Wilson said the president would not be able to locate Ukraine on a map. Wilson also called Trump’s supporters “the credulous Boomer rube demo.”
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“[Pompeo] also knows deep within his heart that Donald Trump couldn’t find Ukraine on a map if you had the letter U and a picture of an actual physical crane next to it,” Wilson said as Lemon started bursting into laughter. “He knows that this is, you know, an administration defined by ignorance of the world. And so that’s partly him playing to the base and playing to their audience. You know, the credulous boomer rube demo that backs Donald Trump.”
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As a reaction to the incident, Donald Trump Jr., the president’s son, tweeted: “Now is probably a good time to remind people that @CNN anchor @DonLemon is currently being sued in court for alleged sexual assault. I guess CNN doesn’t ‘believe all victims’ when the person being credibly accused is one of their leftwing anchors.”
Similarly, Ivanka Trump expressed her thoughts on the platform: “You consistently make fun of half the country and then complain that it is divided. The arrogance, mocking accents and smug ridicule of this nation’s ‘Real Elites’ is disgusting.”
On the other hand, others believe what CNN said to be true. “Seeing reaction to the Don Lemon interview and, again, I just think it’s incredible how the crowd that calls other people ‘snowflakes’ has a meltdown in response to the slightest things,” tweeted Bree Newsome Bass.
Lemon responded to criticisms and said: “This is personally important for me to address this, OK? Ask anyone who knows me, they’ll tell you- I don’t believe in belittling people, belittling anyone for who they are, what they believe, or where they’re from. During an interview on Saturday night, one of my guests said something that made me laugh. And while in the moment, I found that joke humorous. And I didn’t catch everything that was said.”
He added: “Just to make it perfectly clear, I was laughing at the joke and not at any group of people.”
According to Fox News, it is unclear what specific joke Lemon was referring to. “The first joke was at the expense of President Trump while the rest of the jokes were at the expense of his supporters,” said the report.