In the Saturday segment with guests Rick Wilson and Wajahat Ali, Lemon could not contain his laughter as they mocked the president’s “boomer rube” supporters.
The three were discussing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s post-interview outburst at NPR host Mary Louise Kelly, in which he challenged her to identify Ukraine on a blank map. Wilson said it was Trump who wouldn’t be able to find it on a map even if “you had the letter U and a picture of an actual physical crane next to it.”
As Lemon started laughing, Wilson continued, “That is part of them playing to their base, playing to their audience, the credulous boomer rube demo that backs Donald Trump.” Wilson then went into a Southern rural accent and said that the demo “wants to think that Donald Trump’s the smart one and you all elitists are dumb.’”
Ali joined in. “You elitists, with your geography and your maps and your spelling,” he said.
“You’re readin’,” Wilson replied.
“You’re readin’. Your geography. Your knowing other countries,” Ali said.
Trump bashed Lemon over the segment, and his daughter Ivanka wrote on Twitter, “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.”
Meanwhile, the Republican National Committee created an ad out of the CNN segment, tweeting out to followers, “This is what the liberal elites think of you.”
Lemon addressed the now viral panel discussion on his show on Tuesday night, claiming that he ‘didn’t catch everything that was said’ and that he doesn’t ‘believe in belittling people’.
Don Lemon says he was only ‘laughing at the joke’ and was not ‘belittling’ MAGA voters.