President Trump on Monday renewed his attacks on CNN’s Don Lemon, calling him “the dumbest man on television.”
“Don Lemon, the dumbest man on television (with terrible ratings!)” Trump tweeted, including a clip of the African American TV host laughing while discussing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Don Lemon, the dumbest man on television (with terrible ratings!). https://t.co/iQXCc7lvCt
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 28, 2020
During the Saturday segment, New York Times columnist and CNN contributor Wajahat Ali, and ex-GOP strategist Rick Wilson, discuss the heated exchange Secretary Pompeo had with an NPR reporter, where he allegedly verbally attacked the journalist with expletives and demanded she point to Ukraine on a blank map.
“[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, causing Lemon to chuckle. “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.”
As Lemon began crying with tears of laughter, Wilson added: “‘Donald Trump’s the smart one- any y’all elitists are dumb!'”
“‘You elitists with your geography and your maps- and your spelling!'” Ali chimed in.
“‘Your math and your reading!'” Wilson added. “‘All those lines on the map!'”
“That was good,” Lemon reacted. “That was a good one. I needed that.”
Trump previously attacked Lemon as “the dumbest man on television” in July and suggested that he was “too dumb” to understand that he should ask fair questions while moderating a Democratic debate.
Trump’s ire appeared prompted by Lemon’s assertion that Trump is pursuing “a reelection strategy based in part on racial division.”
The Washington Post notes:
Lemon’s questioning of the Democratic candidates came in the wake of relentless attacks in recent weeks by Trump on House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), an African American, and four liberal minority congresswomen known on Capitol Hill as “the Squad.”
“CNN’s Don Lemon, the dumbest man on television, insinuated last night while asking a debate ‘question’ that I was a racist, when in fact I am ‘the least racist person in the world,’ ” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Perhaps someone should explain to Don that he is supposed to be neutral, unbiased & fair, or is he too dumb (stupid} to understand that.”
Trump added: “No wonder that CNN’s ratings (MSNBC’s also) have gone down the tubes – and will stay there until they bring credibility back to the newsroom. Don’t hold your breath!”