CNN's Don Lemon echoes Obama: 'What happened to the Republican Party?'

CNN's Don Lemon echoes Obama: 'What happened to the Republican Party?'
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CNN host Don Lemon on Friday night echoed portions of former President Obama's speech earlier in the day blasting President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: Dems playing destructive 'con game' with Kavanaugh Several Yale Law classmates who backed Kavanaugh call for misconduct investigation Freedom Caucus calls on Rosenstein to testify or resign MORE.

"That is a great question. 'What happened to the Republican Party?' " Lemon said on his show, using a phrase Obama used during his speech at the University of Illinois.

The CNN host played several video clips of GOP senators and Trump allies previously criticizing Trump before his electoral victory.

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Lemon showed an old clip of Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP divide in Congress over Rosenstein's future Sanders: Kavanaugh accusers 'have risked their lives to come forward' Rosenstein fiasco raises the stakes in midterms for DOJ’s future MORE (R-S.C.) calling Trump a “kook” who was “unfit” for office, comparing it a November 2017 clip of Graham criticizing the media for labeling Trump a “kook.”

“He’s the one who said ‘kook’ in the first place,” Lemon laughed. “You can’t make this up.”

Lemon also pointed to the relationship between Trump and Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzBredesen says he won't back Schumer for Senate Dem leader Webb: The new mob: Anti-American Dems Ignored Latino vote will be key in future elections MORE (R-Texas), who were fierce rivals during the 2016 Republican presidential primary.

The host noted that Trump suggested during the campaign that Cruz's father was involved in the John F. Kennedy assassination and retweeted a tweet critical of Cruz's wife's appearance.

“It’s not easy to tick me off,” Cruz said in a 2016 clip aired by CNN. “I don’t get angry often. But you mess with my wife, you mess with my kids, that’ll do it every time. Donald, you’re a sniveling coward and leave Heidi the hell alone.”

Lemon compared Cruz’s 2016 rhetoric to a glowing piece the Texas senator wrote about Trump for Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people earlier this year.

The CNN host also showed a video clip of presidential adviser Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayConway: Kavanaugh shouldn’t have to ‘bear decades of the "Me Too" movement’ Trump Jr. to Dem Senator: 'You admitted to hitting your wife so hard it gave her a black eye!' Conway to CNN's Cuomo in heated debate: 'I'll walk away' if you continue to interrupt me MORE, one of Trump's fiercest defenders, previously criticizing Trump's attacks on Heidi Cruz during the GOP primary.

“My, how things have changed, my how the Republican Party has changed,” Lemon said Friday. “You heard them tell us, before the election, what to expect from Donald Trump. You heard President Obama tell us. And you’ve heard and you’ve seen President Trump.”

Lemon praised portions of Obama's speech Friday going after Trump, including Obama's line calling out his successor for his rhetoric following the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., last year.

"We’re supposed to stand up to discrimination and we’re sure as heck supposed to stand up clearly and unequivocally to Nazi sympathizers," Obama said. "How hard can that be? Saying that Nazis are bad."

"Amen, Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaOvernight Energy — Sponsored by the National Biodiesel Board — Texas coal plant to shut down | Macron rejects trade deals with climate pact outsiders | Vote on park funding bills to miss deadline Obama urges Americans to vote: 'This moment is too important to sit out' Trump doctrine just declared at UN — and it’s called ‘maximum pressure’ MORE," Lemon echoed.