Don Lemon struck back at President Trump this Monday after the president denounced the intelligence of the CNN anchor and his guest, NBA all-star LeBron James. (Video below)
The CNN host blasted Trump for his blatant racism and bullying during a monologue on his show, “CNN Tonight with Don Lemon,” after the president called him out in a tweet in which he labeled him “the dumbest man on television.”
“This president traffics in racism and is fueled by bullying,” Lemon said.
“Unlike this president who lashes out wildly at anyone who criticizes him, LeBron James — in addition to being a brilliant black man, a superstar in his sport, and a hero to his community — is taking the high road, which is exactly where he belongs,” he continued.
Lemon went on to accuse Trump of racial undertones in his remark after the president said that Lemon had made James look smart, which according to the president “isn’t easy to do.”
“Referring to African-Americans as dumb is one of the oldest canards of America’s racist past and present: that black people are of inferior intelligence,” Lemon said.
“This president constantly denigrates people of color and women,” he added.
Lemon previously replied to Trump’s comment in a tweet referring James’s recent commitment to opening a school for at-risk 3rd- and 4th-grade students in Ohio.
“Who’s the real dummy? A man who puts kids in classrooms or one who puts kids in cages?” Lemon tweeted Saturday, including the hashtag #BeBest, a pointed reference to first lady Melania Trump’s anti-bullying campaign.
Trump also voiced her support for James after the president’s tweet.
A spokeswoman for the first lady released a statement which argued that James is “working to do good things” with his school for at-risk children in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, even going as far to insist that Trump would be “open to visiting” the school.
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