Just seconds into a mind-blowing, supposed ‘interview’ of former White House communications aide Cliff Sims, CNN anchor Don Lemon started berating Sims; and by talking over him, attempted to prevent Sims from speaking. The segment was so contentious that Lemon ended it early after Sims said that Lemon’s antics “contribute” to the political divide in the U.S.
It would be difficult to come up with a more ridiculous example of the state of mainstream television journalism.
CNN’s Alisyn Camerota kicked off the bout, blasting President Trump’s response to the synagogue shooting. “He said all the right things … all wonderful words, then he quickly pivots to ‘there’s a lot of things we need to be looking into in this country’ … which everyone knows is code for him feeling as though what he’s just endured is a hoax, etc., etc. about the Mueller report.”
Whoa … the president says all the right things, using wonderful words, says we need to looking into many things in this country … BUT, we all ‘know’ what he really meant. Stunning. But that’s just a foretaste of things to come.
Sims was invited on to the program with producers no doubt hoping the author of White House tell-all best-seller “Team of Vipers” would jump on the pile to take unwarranted shots at Trump.
Instead, Sims logically replied by saying we’re all “watching the same movie” but “seeing dramatically different things” when it comes to Trump’s presidency.
He mentioned that Lemon’s reference to the Charlottesville protests and riots, attacking Trump’s “there are fine people on both sides” comment, is a prime example of how Lemon views that comment being “diametrically opposed” to how many others interpret what he was saying, including himself. He added that the President “did condemn” white supremacy.
At that point, Lemon repeatedly said, refusing Sims to continue his response, “Then you’re delusional. Then you’re delusional, Cliff.”
They both went on talking over each other.
“I couldn’t hear anything you just said, Don, because you insisted on talking over me,” Sims managed to say. “So I really don’t know what you’re saying right now.”
“If you stop talking, then we won’t be talking over each other and I will let you respond,” Lemon said, although he obviously had zero interest in that.
“Well, you want to interview me! You asked me to come on your program,” Sims said,” so give me a chance to talk!”
Lemon accused Sims of saying “the president’s words don’t matter.” Sims never said that.
Sims challenged Lemon to provide an example of Trump “being a white supremacist.”
“I never called the president a white supremacist,” Lemon claimed. “So you’re watching the wrong program or you’re not hearing what I’m saying. What I have called the president is a racist,” the CNN anchor said. “When you call nations ‘s—hole countries,’ when you call African-American players ‘sons of b–hes,’ when you say there are ‘fine people on both sides,’ when you lie about it afterwards –”
Sims tried explaining that Trump was saying there were “fine people on both sides” of the debate over Confederate statues, but Lemon refused to let him continue his thought.
The exchange continued heating up when finally Lemon cut the segment, saying I’m going to move on to something “better” than you, someone “trying to bring the country together” … Barack Obama.
Watch the blood-boiling interview below in parts one and two …
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