Trump Unloads on Don Lemon, Chris Cuomo, Stephen Colbert

'He's sitting there like a chained lunatic'

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May 11, 2017

President Trump unloaded on CNN hosts Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo and CBS "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert in a Monday night interview with Time magazine.

Trump started his diatribe by noting that he no longer watches CNN or MSNBC, instead tuning into Fox News because it is the "most accurate."

"I do watch Fox in the morning, and their ratings have gone through the roof because everyone knows I'm watching Fox," Trump said. "But they're pleasant. And if I do something wrong they report on it. I don't mean they–if I do something wrong. But it's really, honestly it's the most accurate."

Trump called out two CNN anchors specifically. The first was "New Day" co-host Chris Cuomo.

"CNN in the morning, Chris Cuomo, he's sitting there like a chained lunatic. He's like a boiler ready to explode, the level of hatred," Trump said.

Trump then unleashed on CNN host Don Lemon.

"This Don Lemon who's perhaps the dumbest person in broadcasting, Don Lemon at night it's like–sometimes they'll have a guest who by mistake will say something good," Trump said. "And they'll start screaming, we're going to commercial. They cut him off."

Trump also commented on Trump supporter and CNN commentator Jeffery Lord, saying he gets constantly attacked on the network.

"And poor Jeffrey Lord. I love Jeffrey Lord. But sometimes he's sitting there with eight unknown killers that nobody ever heard of. And CNN actually is not doing nearly as well as others," Trump said.

Trump then brought up late-night host Stephen Colbert, who was recently criticized for a crude joke he made about the president. Trump referenced Colbert's joke and then continued to brag about the ratings he had when he appeared on Colbert's show.

You see a no-talent guy like Colbert. There's nothing funny about what he says. And what he says is filthy. And you have kids watching. And it only builds up my base. It only helps me, people like him. The guy was dying. By the way they were going to take him off television, then he started attacking me and he started doing better. But his show was dying. I've done his show. … But when I did his show, which by the way was very highly rated. It was high–highest rating. The highest rating he's ever had.