CNN host Don Lemon led a panel that mocked President Trump and his supporters Saturday night during a show on the impeachment trial.
Lemon’s political panel included CNN contributor and New York Times columnist Wajahat Ali and former Republican campaign consultant and never-Trumper Rick Wilson.
The panel initially discussed an exchange between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and an NPR reporter.
Wilson started the insults by saying President Trump would not be able to geographically locate Ukraine and the discussion went downhill from there.
Wilson added, “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.”
Lemon thoroughly enjoyed Wilson’s comments as he laughed at them.
Ali joined in the mockery with his own insulting comments, saying, “You elitists with your geography and your maps- and your spelling!”
Lemon’s panel did not sit well with President Trump.
President Trump responded on social media.
Don Lemon, the dumbest man on television (with terrible ratings!). https://t.co/iQXCc7lvCt
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 28, 2020
Representative Paul Gosar (R-AZ) commented on social media calling Lemon’s panel discussion “revolting.”
This is one of the most revolting things I’ve ever seen on CNN, and that’s saying a lot.
America, this is what the liberal media thinks of you: pic.twitter.com/51eBSjeTVR
— Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@RepGosar) January 28, 2020
Lemon and his panel were slammed by other critics.
President Trump’s supporters and former CNN associates criticized Lemon and his panel on social media.
Former CNN digital producer Steve Krakauer.
The arrogance, the dismissiveness, the smug cackling, the accents.
If Donald Trump wins re-election this year, I’ll remember this brief CNN segment late one Saturday night in January as the perfect encapsulation for why it happened. pic.twitter.com/8kQ6zN9AZV
— Steve Krakauer (@SteveKrak) January 28, 2020
Former CNN contributor and Member of President Trump’s Commission on White House Fellowships Paris Dennard.
Doubtful. The problem is they see nothing wrong with this type of blatant bigotry. https://t.co/hLEG9kKlNf
— PARIS (@PARISDENNARD) January 28, 2020
Steve Cortes, who has appeared as a CNN contributor and is a Senior Advisor and Spokesman with America First Action PAC, was also critical.
Also a reminder that @WajahatAli is a blatant bigot who used an “Uncle Tom” trope against me on-air at @CNN, declaring that white Trump supporters “will never love you Steve, no matter how hard you try to be the Latin face of Trump.”https://t.co/d6BBZup8et https://t.co/r4gfQipkNG
— Steve Cortes (@CortesSteve) January 28, 2020
Trump campaign Director of Communications Tim Murtaugh tweeted, “Not subtle message to huge parts of America: THEY HATE YOU.”
This is a real segment from an actual program on a cable news network that asks to be taken seriously.
Not subtle message to huge parts of America: THEY HATE YOU.
— Tim Murtaugh – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TimMurtaugh) January 28, 2020
The anti-Trump media hates President Trump as well as his supporters and they don’t even try to hide it.