CNN's Don Lemon Melts Down on Air, Asks if Trump Can Even Be POTUS After Summit


The “most trusted name in news” was outdoing itself.

While the liberals running American mainstream media outlets were hyperventilating with feigned outrage over President Donald Trump’s performance at a news conference Monday with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, the biggest blabbermouths at CNN were taking things up a notch even more.

And as usual, late night “news” anchor Don Lemon was well ahead of the yelping pack.

Casting Trump’s performance in apocalyptic terms, the reliably lunatic Lemon managed to make even his own record of dubious pronouncements look mentally stable.

“Can we still call President Trump the leader of the free world? Can we still call him the leader of the United States?” Lemon asked with fake sincerity. “He has gone from snarling alpha dog in Brussels, blasting our allies, to Putin’s lapdog in Helsinki.”

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A video captured by Newsbusters shows just how stage-managed – and hypocritical — the whole thing was.

Check it out here, along with “New Day” host’s Chris Cuomo’s equally over-the-top interpretation of the day’s events.

The anguished coverage – the doomsday atmospherics – related to Trump’s downplaying the role of Russia in Trump’s 2016 stunning upset over Democrat Hillary Clinton. Whatever the optics might have been, CNN’s own transcript makes it clear that Trump’s answer was a good deal less dramatic than Lemon and his CNN producers would have America believe.

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In response to a question point-blank about whom he believes, American intelligence officials or Putinm when it comes to questions about meddling in the 2016 presidential elections, Trump equivocated, and cited Putin’s offer to allow American investigators to question the 12 Russian agents indicted Friday for their alleged role in hacking the Democrat National Committee computers.

“So, I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today. And what he did is an incredible offer; he offered to have the people working on the case come and work with their investigators with respect to the 12 people. I think that’s an incredible offer. Okay?”

A stentorian defense of the American intelligence system it was not. It was also not exactly Quisling incarnate. (Or even, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.”)

In fact, for anyone who’s been following the news since November 2016, it might not be all that shocking that Trump might not be willing to bet the house, on an international stage, on any conclusion from the U.S. government establishment.

It’s true that Trump is the head of the executive branch, but it’s an unruly house. And a constant drip of revelations for more than a year has shown that it harbors a fair number of apparatchiks who loathe the man who is their president (certain elements in the FBI leap to mind).

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The fact that Trump was having to answer questions about an American election 18 months ago, on a day that should have been given over to international diplomacy, was largely due to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s decision to announce the Russian indictments on the Friday before Trump was due to meet with Putin.

Only a fool would think that was a coincidence rather than a set-up for an international embarrassment. And whatever else he is, Donald Trump is no fool.

Don Lemon, on the other hand is a different story.

Will liberals lap up Lemon’s “lap dog” jibe? Of course they will.

But it wasn’t CNN viewers who gave Trump the presidency in the first place. And the “most trusted name in news” is decidedly not trusted by Trump’s supporters.

And anyone who thinks Monday will change that is worse than a fool.

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Joe has spent more than 30 years as a reporter, copy editor and metro desk editor in newsrooms in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Florida. He's been with Liftable Media since 2015.
Joe has spent more than 30 years as a reporter, copy editor and metro editor in newsrooms in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Florida. He's been with Liftable Media since 2015. Largely a product of Catholic schools, who discovered Ayn Rand in college, Joe is a lifelong newspaperman who learned enough about the trade to be skeptical of every word ever written. He was also lucky enough to have a job that didn't need a printing press to do it.