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CNN Blasted After Don Lemon Breaks out in Laughter As Guests Mock Trump Supporters

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After it was reported that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo got into a heated exchange with NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly and reportedly asked her to point to Ukraine on an unlabeled map, CNN’s Don Lemon dedicated a segment to the incident.

As the panel guests — former GOP strategist Rick Wilson and CNN contributor Wajahat Ali — discussed the incident, Wilson suggested that President Donald Trump could not find Ukraine on a map.

“[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,” Wilson said.

The panelists started to lose it as Wilson described and impersonated his vision of a stereotypical Trump supporter and conservatives who are disdainful of individuals they deem to be “elitists.”

“Donald Trump’s the smart one — and y’all elitists are dumb!” Wilson said with a mock southern accent.

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“You elitists with your geography and your maps- and your spelling!'” Ali added.

As they continued, Lemon broke down laughing so hard he teared up. Finally, he chimed in, “Rick, that was a good one. I needed that.”

Watch the exchange below:

After the video — which originally aired on Saturday — starting circulating on Twitter, conservatives ripped into the panel for mocking supporters of the president.

https://twitter.com/EWErickson/status/1222132040528728064

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The video caught the attention of Trump, who called Lemon, “The dumbest man on television (with terrible ratings!)”

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1222028267865223170

Wilson responded to the criticism in a series of tweets, “They can’t stand anyone who punches back, and hope they can intimidate or shame me.”e

The segment came after Pompeo had an interview with Kelly, which reportedly resulted in him yelling at Kelly after the interview for bringing up Ukraine — and asking her to identify Ukraine on a blank map.

“Do you think Americans care about Ukraine?” Kelly said Pompeo asked her after the interview, adding, “He used the F-word in that sentence and many others.”

In a statement, Pompeo ripped into Kelly for violating their agreement that the conversation would be off the record and suggested that she pointed to Bangladesh on the map.

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