“CNN Tonight” anchor Don Lemon called out President Donald Trump’s use of racial slurs, after the president called Senator Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas” at an event meant to honor Native American WWII veterans on Monday. Lemon said the remark was “met with stunned silence … because everyone in that room knew it was a racist slur directed at Sen. Elizabeth Warren.” Now other CNN anchors, fed up with Trump’s slanderous and libelous remarks toward the network, have joined in condemning the president.
Trump has used this particular racial slur on numerous occasions, despite Native Americans asking him to stop, and that’s not the only group or person he’s insulted. For example, his birther attacks on former President Barack Obama are well documented.
“This aspect of Donald Trump isn’t new. It goes back for years,” Lemon said. “In fact, I asked him about it two years ago, when he was still a candidate. This is what he told me.” Lemon then shared a clip in which Trump claims he’s “the least racist person that you have ever met.” We also see a number of clips where Trump uses other racial slurs while on camera.
“Just because you say you’re not racist doesn’t make it so,” said Lemon. “Especially if you say, do and defend racist behavior over and over and over again. Especially if you have lost your credibility by telling countless lies, big and small.”
Lemon isn’t the only CNN anchor who has lost their patience with the president. Trump’s most recent attack on CNN seems to have especially aggravated the network, prompting what appeared to be an organized response from Anderson Cooper, Wolf Blitzer, Christiane Amanpour and others in the same day.
Anderson Cooper said on Monday that the president’s criticism is “frankly something that we’ve come to expect” at CNN. He later tweeted:”President Trump’s assault against a free press ‘won’t stop my colleagues around the world who put their lives on the line to do their work — to report.'”
President Trump's assault against a free press "won't stop my colleagues around the world who put their lives on the line to do their work — to report," says CNN's Anderson Cooper #KeepingThemHonest https://t.co/Zk37XPofOOhttps://t.co/1pOnyzRZ8e
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) November 28, 2017
Anderson Cooper’s response follows several days of tweets from the president, including these:
.@FoxNews is MUCH more important in the United States than CNN, but outside of the U.S., CNN International is still a major source of (Fake) news, and they represent our Nation to the WORLD very poorly. The outside world does not see the truth from them!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 25, 2017
We should have a contest as to which of the Networks, plus CNN and not including Fox, is the most dishonest, corrupt and/or distorted in its political coverage of your favorite President (me). They are all bad. Winner to receive the FAKE NEWS TROPHY!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2017
CNN’s communications department responded to Trump’s tweets within minutes: “It’s not CNN’s job to represent the U.S. to the world. That’s yours. Our job is to report the news.”
It's not CNN's job to represent the U.S to the world. That's yours. Our job is to report the news. #FactsFirst 🍎
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) November 25, 2017
And that was just the beginning.
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