President Trump took aim at CNN’s Don Lemon for his role as a moderator in the latest Democratic debate on Wednesday, calling the host “the dumbest man on television.”
The president took issue with a question that Lemon asked Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar during Tuesday night’s debate. During that event, Lemon asked the lawmaker, “What do you say to those Trump voters who prioritize the economy over the president’s bigotry?”
Trump complained that Lemon “insinuated last night while asking a debate ‘question’ that I was a racist, when in fact I am ‘the least racist person in the world.'” In a second tweet, he said that CNN’s ratings have “gone down the tubes and will stay there until they bring credibility back to the newsroom.”
….or is he too dumb (stupid} to understand that. No wonder CNN’s ratings (MSNBC’s also) have gone down the tubes – and will stay there until they bring credibility back to the newsroom. Don’t hold your breath!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 31, 2019
In response to Trump, Beto O’Rourke — who was on the debate stage on Tuesday night — quoted the president’s tweet and wrote, “Donald Trump is a racist.” O’Rourke included a video of him saying on stage, “We’ll call his racism out for what it is.”
The former Texas congressman went on to talk about specific examples of Trump’s racism, including his attacks on Rep. Ilhan Omar, Mexican immigrants, and his Muslim ban. He also noted that hate crimes are escalating in the United States.
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) July 31, 2019
Candidates were asked several questions about race relations last night, including how they’ll heal the racial divide and what they will do about the rising tide of white supremacy. Though Trump insists that he isn’t racist, American’s don’t seem to agree with that assessment — the latest Quinnipiac poll shows that 51% of Americans believe the president is racist, with 45% saying he isn’t.
Meanwhile, Trump was surprisingly quiet online during the debates. Earlier on Tuesday, he told C-Span that he would be watching the debates, saying, “I would like to know who I’m going to be running against.”