Don Lemon Unloads on Trump Speech: ‘There Was No Sanity There’

• August 22, 2017 11:59 pm


CNN host Don Lemon lambasted President Donald Trump's speech in Phoenix, Ariz. in a two-minute monologue on Tuesday night, calling his remarks "unhinged," "embarrassing," "petty," lacking "sanity," "without reason," and "devoid of facts."

Trump lit into the "crooked" press throughout much of his freewheeling, campaign-style rally address that lasted more than one hour. At one point, a chant of "CNN sucks" opened up in the audience.

"Well, what do you say to that?" Lemon asked after Trump's speech concluded, before launching into a diatribe against Trump.

Lemon called it a "total eclipse of the facts," saying Trump had come out on stage and "lied directly" to the American people about his response to the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Va.

"He's unhinged. It's embarrassing, and I don't mean for us, the media, because he went after us, but for the country," Lemon said. "This is who we elected president of the United States?"

"His speech was without thought," he added. "It was without reason. It was devoid of facts. It was devoid of wisdom. There was no gravitas. There was no sanity there."

Lemon said Trump's attempt to rehash his controversial response to Charlottesville, when he at one point said there were "fine people" on both sides of the protests there, showed he had been wounded by the backlash.

"If you watched that speech, as an American, you have to be thinking, what in the world is going on?" Lemon asked.

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