CNN found itself the center of another national controversy Tuesday after a panel mocked Trump supporters as illiterate “rubes” who don’t understand math, geography, or spelling.
“[Pompeo] also 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,” correspondent Rick Wilson told Don Lemon. “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 demo that backs Donald Trump.”
“‘Donald Trump’s the smart one — and y’all elitists are dumb!'” he added in a mock southern accent. “‘Your math and your reading!'”
The arrogance, the dismissiveness, the smug cackling, the accents.
If Donald Trump wins re-election this year, I’ll remember this brief CNN segment late one Saturday night in January as the perfect encapsulation for why it happened. pic.twitter.com/8kQ6zN9AZV
— Steve Krakauer (@SteveKrak) January 28, 2020
“That was good,” Lemon reacted. “That was a good one. I needed that.”
President Trump reacted to the clip on social media, saying “Don Lemon, the dumbest man on television (with terrible ratings!)”