‘I don’t answer to you … jerk’: Don Lemon is Jerry Springer of CNN as guests explode into ugly name-calling

MSNBC’s Don Lemon gives Jerry Springer a good run for his money based on the programming he serves up nightly and Monday’s show was no exception as a panel went off the rails almost from the jump, featuring an exceptionally nasty exchange between two guests.

The discussion was on the special election in Mississippi, with the left running out the same tired script that the white Republican incumbent, Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, being from a Deep South state, is a racist and white supremacist.

In one corner, we had Scott Jennings and in the other, Max Boot, one of a number of so-called “conservatives” with a lucrative career on CNN bashing President Trump.

The focus was on Trump supporting Hyde-Smith, with Jennings giving his reasoned take on why that was — which didn’t quite mesh with the preferred narrative that it’s because the president too is a racist.

“We’ve had these kinds of discussions before,” Boot said in response to the analysis, wasting no time going on the offensive. “Where you offer this kinds of values-neutral horse race of what should be extremely disturbing –”

Clearly, the two have a history and Jennings, a CNN contributor, and former special assistant to President George W. Bush, was in no mood for Boot’s animosity.

“Listen, brother,” Jennings said. “I don’t answer to you. We come on these shows, and you jump all over me. I don’t answer to you, Max Boot! You left the Republican Party! I don’t answer to you.”

“Is this your show, or can I make a comment?!” Boot said.

“You interrupted me!” Jennings shot back. “So I’ll interrupt you back. Jerk!”

Boot tried to continue, but Jennings responded to Lemon saying there is no need for name calling.

“He does this to me, Don!” Jennings said. “We get on these shows and Max interrupts me and he calls me immoral and I’m a political analyst.”

The segment is out of control at this point, with the two talking all over one another.

“No, Scott. You’re trying to filibuster because you’re embarrassed by what I’m going to say, which is that you engage –” Boot begins, before being cut off again.

“No, I’m embarrassed to be here with you, Max!” Jennings interjected. “I’m embarrassed to sit here with you and your sanctimonious bull crap. That’s what I’m embarrassed about.”

“You will not let me finish, Scott!” Boot cries out.

Boot finally gets the chance to regurgitate the prescribed talking point, which is that the GOP under President Trump is a party of racists.

“I’m embarrassed by your filibuster and I’m embarrassed by the fact you will not call out this blatant racism on the part of Cindy Hyde-Smith,” he said. “And you offer this kind of values-neutral horse race analysis and you refuse to condemn the bigotry of the Republican Party, the party of Lincoln. This is a disgrace to what the Republican Party has stood for so much of its history.”

The two men clearly don’t like one another, but if a Republican thinks they’re going to go on CNN or MSNBC and buck the liberal media’s anti-Trump narrative and not face serious push back, they are expecting what never was and what never will be.

Tom Tillison

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