DON Lemon told Chris Cuomo on Tuesday night that “selfish” Trump backers “want to buy a $20,000 dune buggy” but not “help people in need.”
The CNN host denounced supporters of President Donald Trump during a news handoff linking Cuomo PrimeTime and CNN Tonight.
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He slammed Trump backers as he responded to a segment from his fellow CNN host’s broadcast about the news outlet “going inside an event with wealthy Trump supports.”
A video clip of a dune buggy rally in Winchester Bay, Oregon, was shared with reporter Ellie Reed commenting on the attendees’ “disposable income to spend on fun.”
“While Trump’s working-class supporters have gotten a lot of attention, in 2016 a third of his voters made more than $100,000 a year,” Reed’s voice is heard over footage of car caravans, bike parades, boat parades.
When the news clip stopped, Lemon asserted: “It kind of dismantles that whole thing about economic anxiety was the reason that Trump got elected.
“Those people have no economic anxiety. They’re rich.”
One of Reed’s interviewees, Eric Nelson, praised Trump for being able to let Americans “keep the money that we make and let us be able to work as hard as we want and not give our money away.”
Pretending to speak as a Trump supporter, Lemon said: “I want to be able to buy a $20,000 dune buggy. But I don’t want to help people who may be in need.
“I want to be able to buy whatever which is fine, but just own up to it. And stop pretending the reason is economic anxiety.”
His statement prompted Cuomo to chime in and suggest the wealthy do in fact have economic anxiety.
“They don’t want to give any more of their money away to taxes,” Cuomo explained.
Moments later, Lemon added: “But just be honest about what your intentions and what you think and stop pretending that it is something else.
“Stop ignoring the elephant in the room. It’s not really economic anxiety.
“It’s actually – I think – it is selfishness.”
Lemon revealed he doesn’t mind paying more taxes because he thinks it is important to “help others” – adding: “I do that as much as I can.”
In the months leading up to the 2020 presidential election, Lemon has been critical of Donald Trump.
Back in September, Lemon said Trump was “on” something during the 2020 presidential debate.
He compared Trump’s debate performance to a kid “whose doctor had prescribed him too much Adderall.”
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Lemon revealed his thoughts to Cuomo as he discussed the “trainwreck” debate between Trump and Joe Biden – which consisted of constant bickering and interrupting.
He said: “I felt like I was watching a kid whose doctor had prescribed him too much Adderall.
“Am I wrong? That’s how I feel because he was overly aggressive. It’s like he was hopped up on, I don’t know what was going on.”