CNN Outdoes Itself with Arrogant and Smug Ridicule of Trump Supporters
CNN host Don Lemon and his elite panelists showed their true colors on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 — by mocking “hillbilly” Trump supporters.
And the Republican National Committee is using it against the anti-Trump trio in a new ad, which also sprinkles in Hillary Clinton’s infamous “basket of deplorables” barb and other Democrats’ bigoted remarks about Trump supporters.
It all began on Lemon’s show after he criticized Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for the way he challenged an NPR reporter to point to Ukraine on a map.
Then one guest, Never-Trump GOP consultant Rick Wilson, took it off the cliff: Pompeo “knows deep within his heart that Donald Trump couldn’t find Ukraine on a map if you had the letter U and a picture of an actual physical crane next to it,” Wilson smirked, with Lemon chuckling along.
“He knows that this is, you know, an administration defined by ignorance of the world. And so that’s partly him playing to the base and playing to their audience. You know, the credulous boomer rube that backs Donald Trump,” Wilson finished — adding, in a Southern drawl: “Donald Trump’s the smart one — and y’all elitists are dumb!”
New York Times columnist Wajahat Ali then joined in the mockery: “You elitists with your geography and your maps and your spelling.”
Of course, Pompeo was plainly suggesting (in a conversation he thought was off the record, by the way) that the NPR reporter was ignorant.
But the CNN panel couldn’t resist using it for an out-of-nowhere attack on those “boomer rubes” — once again exposing their own ignorant bias.
Lemon later offered a paltry apology, saying he was laughing at a joke and not at Trump supporters — who he plainly thinks are dumb enough to believe him.
People like Don Lemon are shocked when someone like Donald Trump wins an election or does well in any polling. What they don’t understand is that this — elites’ smug dismissal of average Americans — is exactly why.
President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign team has wasted little time using the Don Lemon “Boomer Rube” moment to stir up support. In a mash-up video that combines footage of the CNN segment with clips from The Hunger Games, Team Trump juxtaposes Lemon with the unctuous purple-haired TV host played in the film by Stanley Tucci.
Watch it below.
“Liberal ‘elites’ in The Capitol ruling class look down on the people,” says the message accompanying the tweeted clip. “They laugh at you. They mock you. They think you don’t matter. Let’s prove them wrong on November 3rd.”
Last night, Lemon addressed why he was laughing during the CNN segment over the weekend that Trump’s allies have seized upon as an example of how the media elite mocks and belittles Trump supporters.
On his show Tuesday, Lemon said, “I don’t believe in belittling people, belittling anyone for who they are, for what they believe or where they are from. During the middle of an interview on Saturday night, one of my guests said something that made me laugh, and while in the moment I found that joke humorous, I didn’t catch everything that was said. Just to make this perfectly clear, I was laughing at the joke, and not at any group of people.”
In the Saturday segment with guests Rick Wilson and Wajahat Ali, Lemon could not contain his laughter as they mocked the president’s “boomer rube” supporters.
The three were discussing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s post-interview outburst at NPR host Mary Louise Kelly, in which he challenged her to identify Ukraine on a blank map. Wilson said it was Trump who wouldn’t be able to find it on a map even if “you had the letter U and a picture of an actual physical crane next to it.”
As Lemon started laughing, Wilson continued, “That is part of them playing to their base, playing to their audience, the credulous boomer rube demo that backs Donald Trump.” Wilson then went into a Southern rural accent and said that the demo “wants to think that Donald Trump’s the smart one and you all elitists are dumb.’”
Ali joined in. “You elitists, with your geography and your maps and your spelling,” he said.
“You’re readin’,” Wilson replied.
“You’re readin’. Your geography. Your knowing other countries,” Ali said.
Trump bashed Lemon over the segment, and his daughter Ivanka wrote on Twitter, “You consistently make fun of half the country and then complain that it is divided. The arrogance, mocking accents and smug ridicule of this nation’s ‘Real Elites’ is disgusting.”
Meanwhile, the Republican National Committee created an ad out of the CNN segment, tweeting out to followers, “This is what the liberal elites think of you.”
Liberal “elites” in The Capitol ruling class look down on the people.
They laugh at you.
They mock you.
They think you don’t matter.
Let’s prove them wrong on November 3rd. pic.twitter.com/THG4HsrUaY
— Trump War Room – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) January 29, 2020
THIS is what the liberal elites think of you.
Prove them wrong where it counts—at the ballot box in November! pic.twitter.com/cmhPJjPT65
— GOP (@GOP) January 29, 2020
Wilson is a Republican political consultant and a member of the Lincoln Project, a group of conservatives who are working to defeat Trump in November. He has been tweeting out some of the nasty messages and threats he has received since Trump tweeted out a Daily Caller story on the CNN segment.
“I have *hundreds* of those DMs on Twitter/IG. *Particularly* the ones that flood in right after @sebgorka tweets me are obsessed with a) cock, b) anal, c) raping me. I’m trying to identify exactly what strain of economic anxiety and the heartland values they represent. Anyone?” Wilson wrote. Gorka is a former White House adviser to Trump.