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 TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' EU says it will 'respond in kind' if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future 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 ClintonTrump takes aim at media after 'hereby' ordering US businesses out of China Trump knocks news of CNN hiring ex-FBI official McCabe Taylor Swift says Trump is 'gaslighting the American public' MORE and a number of other prominent Democratic Party members.

Suspicious packages were sent to former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderJuan Williams: Democrats finally hit Trump where it hurts GOP governor vetoes New Hampshire bill to create independent redistricting commission Why target Tucker Carlson? It's part of the left's war on the right MORE and Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersNadler asks other House chairs to provide records that would help panel in making impeachment decision Bank watchdogs approve rule to loosen ban on risky Wall Street trades F-bombs away: Why lawmakers are cursing now more than ever MORE (D-Calif.), while another package addressed to former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanTrailer shows first look at Annette Bening as Dianne Feinstein Webb: Questions for Robert Mueller A brief timeline of Trump's clashes with intelligence director Dan Coats 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.