Don Lemon attempted “damage control” Tuesday night after being widely condemned by conservatives for a viral segment mocking Trump supporters as dumb hillbillies while Lemon laughed so hard he cried.
Lemon claimed he “didn’t catch everything that was said” and claimed “I don’t believe in belittling people.”
Lemon’s statement comes after the GOP has already turned the clip into an attack ad titled “they think you’re a joke.”
"I was laughing at the joke and not at any group of people."@DonLemon tries to distance himself from the mocking of @realDonaldTrump supporters Saturday night while he was hosting @TheRickWilson and @WajahatAli.
Lemon claims he "didn't catch everything that was said." pic.twitter.com/AQaWpGG4Mv
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) January 29, 2020
DON LEMON: Kelly has a master’s degree in European studies from Cambridge University. Also, [Pompeo] doesn’t really say that she couldn’t identify Ukraine on a map, he insinuates it’s just a — it’s just a petty attempt to put her down, right? Is that what this is?
RICK WILSON: Of course, of course. He’s just trying to demean her, and obviously, it’s false. And, look, he also knows, deep in 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. He knows that this is a, you know, an administration defined by ignorance of the world, and so that’s partly him playing to their base and playing to their audience, you know, the credulous boomer rube demo that backs Donald Trump — that wants to think that [does impersonation] ‘Donald Trump’s the smart one, and y’all – y’all elitists are dumb!'”
WAJAHAT ALI: You elitists with your geography and your maps and your spelling!
WILSON: Your math and your reading!
ALI: Yeah, your reading, you know, your geography, knowing other countries, sipping your latte!
WILSON: All those lines on the map!
ALI: Only them elitists know where Ukraine is! [ending impersonation] Sorry, I apologize.
LEMON, laughing: Oh, my God!
ALI: But it was Rick’s fault. I blame Rick. But, in all honesty —
LEMON: Hold on — hold on — hold on. That was good, sorry. Rick, that was a good one — I needed that.
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