The best speech by a Don tonight was by Don Lemon. His response to Trump's rally is phenomenal. Nailed it. pic.twitter.com/Y9iX9IDMV3— Adam Best (@adamcbest) August 23, 2017
Far from feeling any remorse whatsoever over his blatant defense of white supremacists, President Donald Trump again blamed “both sides" for the violent Charlottesville riots during his latest Phoenix rally.
Resuming his unabashed campaign mode, Trump painted himself as a victim of the debate that followed the white supremacist rally in Virginia. He blamed the media as usual.
“The only thing giving a platform to these hate groups is the media itself and the fake news,” said Trump.
However, CNN’s anchor Don Lemon had had enough of the lies. “Well, what do you say to that?” Lemon asked after playing Trump’s speech where he maligned the “fake news media,” argued anti-Confederacy protestors are trying to change “our history” in his 80-minute speech.
“I’m just going to speak from the heart here," the CNN anchor continued. “What we witnessed is a total eclipse of the facts, someone who came out on stage and lied directly the American people and left things out that he said in an attempt to rewrite history — especially when it comes to Charlottesville.”
“He’s unhinged, it’s embarrassing and I don’t mean for us — the media — because he went after us, but for the country. This is who we elected president of the United States. A man who is so petty that he has to go after people he deems to be his enemy, like an imaginary friend of a 6-year-old,” lamented Lemon.
He also shed light on the president’s petulant childish behavior.
“There was no gray. He was like a child blaming a sibling on something else. He did it. I didn’t do it.”
“He certainly opened up the race wound from Charlottesville. A man clearly wounded by the rational people abandoning him in droves,” said Lemon, asserting how people are questioning Trump’s mental health are actually on point, since he did nothing but blame the media for not defending his illogical comments.
“That’s the truth,” Lemon continued. “If you watch that speech as an American, you had to be thinking, ‘What in the world is going on?’ This is the person we elected as president of the United States? This petty, this small, a person who who’s supposed to pull the country together? Certainly didn’t happen there.”
It is pertinent to note how Trump apparently voiced his solidarity with the white supremacists, after he accused the media “of trying to take away the history and our heritage.”
People on Twitter have expressed their discontent.
"They are trying to take away our history and our heritage."— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) August 23, 2017
His German family immigrated here in 1885 after the Civil War
Trump: They are trying to take away our history and our heritage.— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) August 23, 2017
(Incredible to see him paint USA in a way that dates back to Civil War.)
Pivot to straight up pandering to White Supremacists "they are trying to take away our history and our heritage." #TrumpInAZ— ilyse hogue (@ilyseh) August 23, 2017
TRUMP, still dog whistling over the monuments to the Confederacy: "They are trying to take away our history and our heritage."— Eli Stokols (@EliStokols) August 23, 2017
Trump: "They [media] are trying to take away our history and our heritage." Says media "don't like our country." What a dog whistle.— Mark Pitcavage (@egavactip) August 23, 2017
Trump said "they are trying to take away our history and heritage." No. We're just serious about rejecting white supremacy. #PhoenixRally— Civil Rights (@civilrightsorg) August 23, 2017
Trump in Phoenix: "They are trying to take away our history and our heritage." We all know the code he's speaking. Disgraceful.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) August 23, 2017
What?! Spent 20 mins complaining how he was seen as racist then says,"They are trying to take away our history and heritage." #PhoenixRally— Miss E (@melis_blue) August 23, 2017
Trump said, "THEY want to take away OUR history & heritage," in case you were wondering if this was a white supremacist rally. #PhoenixRally— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) August 23, 2017
Spotlight Image: Reuters, Joshua Roberts