CNN's Don Lemon tells Chris Cuomo: ‘I could have been mourning you’

CNN anchors Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo had an emotional interaction late Wednesday after an explosive device mailed to the network's New York offices forced the building to evacuate earlier in the day.

"I'm pissed. You know why I'm pissed? I could have been mourning you. You could have been mourning me. We could have lost our colleagues," Lemon said to Cuomo on air.

Lemon, who has been a vocal critic of President TrumpDonald John TrumpFeinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign MORE and his rhetoric, also argued the president didn't have the "fortitude to own his part in all of this."


Authorities intercepted a number of suspected explosives late Tuesday and Wednesday that were mailed to former President Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHarris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign Nevada Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote 2020 Dems break political taboos by endorsing litmus tests MORE and a number of other prominent Democratic Party members.

Suspicious packages were sent to former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderEric Holder: 'There are grounds for impeachment' in Mueller report Prosecutor appointed by Barr poised to enter Washington firestorm Dems struggle to make Trump bend on probes MORE and Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersKey House committee obtains subpoenaed Trump financial documents from two banks: report Nancy Pelosi fends off impeachment wave — for now On The Money: Judge rules banks can give Trump records to House | Mnuchin pegs debt ceiling deadline as 'late summer' | Democrats see momentum in Trump tax return fight | House rebukes Trump changes to consumer agency MORE (D-Calif.), while another package addressed to former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanBrennan shreds 'misleading & highly politicized' Barr memo Attorney General Barr puts former intel bosses on notice Iranian president: 'Situation is not suitable for talks' with US MORE arrived at CNN's offices in New York, forcing its evacuation.

Brennan has appeared regularly on the network but is a contributor on MSNBC.

Trump responded on Wednesday afternoon by calling for unity, condemning the attacks and calling for a return to civil discourse during an event on opioids at the White House.

At a rally Wednesday night, the president called the attempted bombings "an attack on democracy itself."

"We want all sides to come together in peace and harmony," Trump said, without naming those who were targeted. "We can do it. We can do it. It’ll happen."

The president did not specifically reference himself or any particular politician who has used divisive rhetoric, instead speaking generally.

"Those engaged in the political arena must stop treating political opponents as being morally defective," he said. "The language of moral condemnation and destructive routines, these are arguments and disagreements that have to stop."

"The media also has a responsibility to set a civil tone and to stop the endless hostilities and constant negative and oftentimes false attacks and stories," he said.

Lemon objected to the president's statement.

"He blamed the victim tonight," Lemon said. "For him to sit there and blame us. We're the victims here."

"And only us," Cuomo chimed in.

"It's disgusting," Lemon replied.

"I guess that he somehow thinks the victim in all this is him," Cuomo said.

Trump has repeatedly clashed with members of the media as well as whole outlets, such as CNN, employing the term "fake news" as he did in a tweet Thursday morning.