After the president attacked CNN host Don Lemon and NBA MVP LeBron James by questioning their intelligence, Lemon fired back with an inspiring 10-minute monologue.
It all began on Friday when Trump criticized James and Lemon’s conversation on CNN about the basketball player’s free school for at-risk youth in Akron, Ohio. During the chat, LeBron said that Trump is using sports to divide the country, and Trump then tweeted, “Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do. I like Mike!”
On Monday night’s broadcast of CNN Tonight, Lemon spoke directly to the camera and said Trump is exhibiting “one of the oldest canards of America’s racist past and present – that Black people are of inferior intelligence.”
“Let me not mince words here,” Lemon said on CNN Tonight. “This president traffics in racism and is fueled by bullying.”
“From keeping children at the border in cages to bullying journalists at every one of his rallies and every chance he gets,” Lemon added.
“President Trump is trying a divide-and-conquer strategy and here is how it goes. He divides by race and tries to conquer decency by smearing and besmirching the truth and the people who fight to uphold it.”
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