CNN anchor Don Lemon lashed out at former White House aide Cliff Sims over President Donald Trump’s Charlottesville remarks and ended the sector early after he was accused by his guest of “contributing” to the political divide in the country.
While covering the White House Reporters’ Supper and the rally Trump held all at once in Green Bay, Wis. on Saturday night, CNN’s Alisyn Camerota started the conversation by criticizing President Trump’s pivot from his somber rally remarks about the fatal synagogue shooting in Poway, Calif. to his fiery attacks against the Russia examination.
Sims reacted by stating all Americans are “viewing the very same film” and how they are “seeing dramatically various things” when it comes to the Trump presidency. He used Lemon’s response to Charlottesville as an example that his views of Trump’s remarks are “diametrically opposed” to many others, including himself, adding that Trump “did condemn” white supremacy.
” Then you’re delusional. Then you’re delusional, Cliff,” Lemon talked over Sims. “You’re saying since the president says words that are hollow- since the president stated ‘we ought to come together.'”
” I couldn’t hear anything you simply said, Don, due to the fact that you firmly insisted on discussing me,” Sims shot back. “So I actually do not understand what you’re saying right now.”
” If you stop talking, then we will not be talking over each other and I will let you reacted,” Lemon stated.
” Well, you wish to interview me!” Sims exclaimed. “You asked me to come on your program, so provide me a chance to talk!”
CNN anchor Don Lemon (Image by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File).
Lemon implicated the “Team of Vipers” author of saying that “the president’s words do not matter,” which Sims rejected. Sims then challenged Lemon to offer an example of Trump “being a white supremacist.”
” I never called the president a white supremacist, so you’re viewing the wrong program or you’re not hearing what I’m stating. What I have called the president is a racist,” the CNN anchor said. “When you call countries’s– hole countries,’ when you call African-American gamers ‘kids of b– hes, when you say there are ‘great people on both sides,’ when you lie about it afterwards–“
Sims attempted to describe that Trump was saying there were “fine individuals on both sides” of the argument over Confederate statues, but Lemon insisted that’s not what the president said.
After another heated exchange, the former Trump aide implicated Lemon of “contributing” to stiring department by re-litigating the Charlottesville remarks.
” I’m not the individual who stated that they were ‘fine individuals on both sides,'” Lemon fired back. “I’m not the individual who called nations ‘sh– hole countries.'”
” You really don’t even understand if he stated that since that’s another one of those based on anonymous and individuals in the room say blah, blah, blah, you really don’t understand if he said that,” Sims informed Lemon.
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” Yes, I do understand that he said that,” Lemon claimed. “And it’s not ‘blah, blah, blah.”
The “CNN Tonight” host had enough of Sims and cut the sector short, moving to someone he states “tried to bring this nation together.”
” And that’s you, Don. You do an excellent task at that,” Sims sardonically added prior to his mic was cut.
Lemon was in fact describing President Barack Obama.
Joseph A. Wulfsohn is a media press reporter for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @JosephWulfsohn.