Trump hits CNN's Lemon over segment mocking supporters: 'Dumbest man on television'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpCDC updates website to remove dosage guidance on drug touted by Trump Trump says he'd like economy to reopen 'with a big bang' but acknowledges it may be limited Graham backs Trump, vows no money for WHO in next funding bill MORE lashed out at CNN anchor Don LemonDon Carlton LemonMegyn Kelly rips Don Lemon over Trump criticism: CNN 'still pretends he is an objective news anchor' News programs, game shows see spike in viewers amid pandemic 'Pod Save America' host urges networks not to air Trump coronavirus briefings MORE overnight, calling him "the dumbest man on television" after the anchor recently led a segment in which he laughed when a panelist called Trump supporters "the credulous boomer rube demo."

"Don Lemon, the dumbest man on television (with terrible ratings!)," Trump tweeted to his more 70 million followers.


The tweet included a video clip posted by The Daily Caller of Lemon's panel discussion with staunch Trump critics Rick Wilson, an ex-GOP strategist, and Wajahat Ali, a New York Times columnist and CNN contributor.

Lemon, who is also a frequent critic of the president, led a discussion focused on Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoUS to label white supremacist group as terrorist organization for first time Trump administration eyes Afghan security forces funding for aid cut: report Trump says 40,000 Americans have been repatriated who were stranded abroad MORE's heated exchange with an NPR reporter that included Pompeo challenging the reporter to find Ukraine on a map.

Wilson said he thinks that Pompeo knows that Trump "couldn't find Ukraine on a map."

"[Pompeo] also knows deep within his heart that Donald Trump couldn't find Ukraine on a map if you had the letter U and a picture of an actual physical crane next to it," Wilson mocked, causing Lemon to have a laughing fit. "He knows that this is, you know, an administration defined by ignorance of the world. And so that's partly him playing to the base and playing to their audience. You know, the credulous boomer rube demo that backs Donald Trump."

" 'Donald Trump's the smart one — and y'all elitists are dumb!' " Wilson added in a Southern accent, prompting Ali to jump in.


" 'You elitists with your geography and your maps — and your spelling!' " Ali added, also speaking with a Southern accent.

Steve Krakauer, a former CNN senior digital producer,  flagged the segment in a tweet and slammed the participants for "the arrogance, the dismissiveness, the smug cackling, the accents," saying the segment was a "perfect encapsulation" of a media disconnect from many Americans. 

The clip was viewed 3.4 million times, and the panel faced significant backlash on social media as the video went viral.


Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpPrivate equity firm with ties to Kushner asks Trump administration to relax rules on loan program: report Overnight Health Care: CDC recommends face coverings in public | Resistance to social distancing sparks new worries | Controversy over change of national stockpile definition | McConnell signals fourth coronavirus bill On The Money: Economy sheds 701K jobs in March | Why unemployment checks could take weeks | Confusion surrounds 9B in small-business loans MORE, the president's elder daughter and White House adviser, also chimed in, calling the segment "disgusting."

CNN promoted the segment on in a story titled: "GOP strategist roasts Pompeo's response to NPR incident."

The tweet from Trump is not the first time he has lashed out at the CNN anchor, or the first time he has called Lemon the "dumbest man."


In July, the president lashed out a Lemon over a question during a Democratic primary debate on CNN.

"CNN’s Don Lemon, the dumbest man on television, insinuated last night while asking a debate ‘question’ that I was a racist, when in fact I am ‘the least racist person in the world.’ Perhaps someone should explain to Don that he is supposed to be neutral, unbiased & fair or is he too dumb (stupid} to understand that,” Trump tweeted.

Those comments came after Lemon, who was one of three moderators in the debate, posed a question to Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) about Trump voters who “prioritize the economy over the president’s bigotry.”

"CNN Tonight with Don Lemon" finished 36th overall in the cable news show rankings for 2019 as the network's sixth highest rated program.

--This report was updated at 10:56 a.m.