FILE – In this April 19, 2017 file photo, Don Lemon attends the world premiere of “Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives” at Radio City Music Hall, during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
As my RedState colleague Nick Arama wrote earlier today, CNN’s Don Lemon has officially responded to the massive backlash he, Never Trumper Rick Wilson and New York Times contributing op-ed writer Wajahat Ali have received over the appalling segment they did Saturday night in which they gleefully mocked Trump supporters as a bunch of uneducated, racist, toothless country bumpkin hicks.
Lemon’s defense was that he “was laughing at the joke and not at any group of people.” He also claimed he didn’t “believe in belittling people, belittling anyone for who they are, what they believe, or where they are from.”
It was a flat out lie, of course, as Newsbusters’ Managing Editor Curtis Houck documented in several tweets.
But perhaps even more revealing than the fact that Don Lemon doesn’t practice what he preaches in how he treats people with opposing viewpoints is how he reacts to political trolling. As you might have guessed, his reaction depends on who it is who is doing the trolling.
Wilson was clearly trolling with his remarks on Saturday about Trump and his “credulous boomer rube” supporters, and Lemon ate every bit of it up. But in a segment he did back in December on a Trump campaign tweet where the president was portrayed as Thanos from the “Avengers” movies, Lemon was appalled that he even had to discuss it on his program.
Our own Jeff Charles wrote at the time about Lemon’s bizarre meltdown over the tweet:
No doubt Lemon tried to keep his composure in the face of such a horrific sight. Nevertheless, he failed. “What are we, in junior high school?” he asked after the most dramatic of pauses. “Like, what the hell? What is this? Like what — what? I cannot believe that I’m even having to report this on the news.”
The blubbering continued: “This is — this is crazy. This is literally crazy. Are you people insane? Are you insane? Go ahead, troll the Democrats on Twitter. Do this stupid, silly you-know-what. Play this stupid, juvenile meme game.”
The video below, posted by a Twitter user who goes by the name of “Dr. Richard Harambe”, goes back and forth between the December and January segments for a compare and contrast effect on the “two moods” of Don Lemon. Suffice it to say that “juvenile” games are only okay with Lemon as long as they involve making fun of Republicans:
— Dr. Richard Harambe (@Richard_Harambe) January 28, 2020
I’m shocked – SHOCKED – at the double standards on display here (not really).