“One final note that I have for you because this is personally important to me to address this,” Don Lemon said trying to repair the damage he caused with on-air mockery of President Trump and his supporters.
He failed with his weak apology once again: “Anyone, ask anyone who knows me, they’ll tell you, I don’t believe in belittling people.”
“Belittling anyone for who they are, for what they believe, or where they’re from. During an interview on Saturday night, one of my guests said something that made me laugh.”
“And while in the moment I found the joke humorous, and 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.”
CNN anchor Don Lemon, frequent CNN guest Rick Wilson and New York Times op-ed writer Wajahat Ali rolled out nearly every possible stereotype about GOP voters in a segment that aired on Saturday night but didn’t really catch the public’s attention until Monday.
Wilson used the topic to mock President Trump as well as his supporters.
“[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 began, 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 from laughter, Wilson went on to depict what he thought a typical Trump supporter sounded like.
“‘Donald Trump’s the smart one — any y’all elitists are dumb!’” Wilson said with a heavy southern accent.
“‘You elitists with your geography and your maps- and your spelling!’” Ali chimed in during the mockery.
“‘Your math and your reading!’” Wilson added. “‘All those lines on the map!’”
The CNN anchor couldn’t stop laughing, wiping tears from his eyes with a tissue.
“That was good,” Don Lemon reacted. “That was a good one. I needed that.”