The Trump campaign is hitting back at CNN after one of their hosts, Don Lemon, laughed and sneered when his guest panelists mocked President Trump and his supporters as illiterate and uneducated.
The panelist suggested the president and the people who support him do not know geography, math, reading, or writing. They also made comments about his supporters not drinking lattes or knowing what the lines on maps represent.
So Trump and his campaign hit back.
“Health warning: Watching CNN makes you dumber,” Brad Parscale, Trump’s campaign manager tweeted.
Watching @CNN makes you dumber.
— Brad Parscale – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@parscale) January 28, 2020
— Kambree (@KamVTV) January 28, 2020
“Don Lemon, the dumbest man on television (with terrible ratings!)” Trump wrote, sharing a video of the initial exchange.
Don Lemon, the dumbest man on television (with terrible ratings!). https://t.co/iQXCc7lvCt
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 28, 2020
“Don Lemon, CNN & the rest of the leftwing elites aren’t even hiding the hatred they have for Trump supporters anymore. They smear us, mock us & belittle us because they still can’t accept that Crooked H lost in 2016,” Donald Trump Jr. tweeted in response.
Don Lemon, CNN & the rest of the leftwing elites aren't even hiding the hatred they have for Trump supporters anymore. They smear us, mock us & belittle us because they still can't accept that Crooked H lost in 2016.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) January 29, 2020
“Wondering if @cnn is going to acknowledge (apologize) for this arrogant & divisive view of our country. There’s a reason trust in our media is at an all-time low,” White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham tweeted in response.
— Stephanie Grisham (@PressSec) January 28, 2020
If only @CNN had someone whose job it was to analyze and critique media.
Hey, @brianstelter, know anyone like that?
— Tim Murtaugh – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TimMurtaugh) January 28, 2020
Republican Party Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel described the comments as an uncensored show of “disdain for us [Trump supporters].”
“Unlike the liberal hacks on the Left, we had no problem finding Michigan and Wisconsin on a map,” she tweeted, a reference to Democrats failing to campaign in those states in 2016, and this disdain for us (disgusting as it is) only makes us even more motivated to go to the polls.”
Unlike the liberal hacks on the Left, we had no problem finding Michigan and Wisconsin on a map – and this disdain for us (disgusting as it is) only makes us even more motivated to go to the polls. https://t.co/nmQTaW4Svp
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) January 28, 2020
As USA Today reports, Lemon apologized for his remarks, several days later:
At the start of Tuesday’s episode of “CNN Tonight With Don Lemon,” the TV anchor clarified that he wasn’t mocking Trump’s conservative supporters, merely laughing at a joke.
“During an interview on Saturday night, one of my guests said something that made me laugh” he said. “And while in the moment I found that joke humorous, I didn’t catch everything that was said. Just to make this perfectly clear, I was laughing at the joke and not at any group of people.”
Lemon added that he doesn’t “believe in belittling people, belittling anyone … for who they are, what they believe or where they’re from” despite political differences.
“It’s personally important for me to address this,” Lemon said.
Don Lemon, from CNN took so much back lash from attacking half of the country, he took 42 seconds out of his busy elite day to address it. pic.twitter.com/l54OxxteQ3
— Mike (@FuctupMike) January 29, 2020