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WATCH: Don Lemon’s Trump Hate Goes So Low, Chris Cuomo Calls Him Out On-Air: ‘You’re Petty And Small’

On Wednesday, CNN’s Don Lemon’s Trump hatred was too “petty” even for Chris Cuomo, Lemon’s colleague and no fan of Trump.

“You’re petty and small,” Cuomo blurted out to Lemon during a segment highlighted by the Washington Examiner concerning the funeral service for former President George H.W. Bush, who passed away on Saturday.

Lemon told Cuomo that if he were in the same position as the Obamas, he would not shake the Trumps’ hands.

“I’m going to say that I don’t think I would shake hands with him. I would just — nope, couldn’t do it. I’m not that big a person,” said Lemon. “I would hope that I would be, but I don’t — I can’t fake the funk as they say.”

“They showed the ultimate respect for the office,” he continued. “They do not have to show respect for someone who does not respect them.”

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump greeted their predecessors with handshakes on Wednesday as they first arrived to the Washington National Cathedral for the funeral service.

Lemon went as far as demonstrating the hypothetical Trump-snub by calling up a producer to act out an attempt to shake his hand on-air. The CNN host offered a head nod in response to the handshake proposition.

This was too much even for the highly partisan Cuomo, who repeatedly reminded Lemon that the highest office in the United States is bigger than personal feuds.

“You are petty and small,” Cuomo told his colleague.

Lemon dismissed Cuomo’s take on his hypothetical snub and used Trump’s past so-called “birther” claims as his rationale.

“I’m not petty and small. That’s real, brother. That’s real,” said Lemon, before Cuomo interrupted: “Real petty and small!”

“This is not about ideology,” Lemon argued. “This is about the way someone conducts themselves. If you constantly called me names, and you were rude to me, and you — why should I have to show you respect at all?”

“[The Obamas] showed that love and their decency and respect wins, and they brought [Trump] in, even though he tried to keep them out,” Cuomo responded, working in his own Trump slight, too.

“Just call me Petty Mc-petty,” said Lemon cheerfully. The Obamas “are a lot classier than I am,” he added.

“It’s about respecting the presidency. George H.W. Bush was a president, and it’s that you can’t be about your own petty grievances. You represent the American people, and you should wear that on your sleave, everyday,” Cuomo offered.

Lemon was unmoved. “An office is not a human being. I don’t think it’s respect for the human being if you talk smack about them, if you say the nastiest things about them, if you treat them as subhuman, and then you want to show up at their funeral. Really? Hell to the no,” he said.

Someone at the event was apparently on the same page as Lemon: twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. As noted by The Daily Wire on Wednesday, video appears to show Mrs. Clinton snubbing First Lady Melania Trump at the beginning of the service for late President Bush.

WATCH (relevant comments begin at the 1:00-mark):



  1. Ilse

    December 6, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    Does anyone really care what Lemon says? After all this lemon has way too many skeletons in his closet , he should be glad to just slide through life without anyone bringing anything up about him.
    He would not know class if he tripped over it.

    • Cathy

      December 8, 2018 at 6:36 pm

      Does his lover agree with him?He is a disgrace.

  2. IMJustice

    December 7, 2018 at 12:47 am

    And dumb ass, why not say those things about what the Clintons and the Obama’s
    have said against the Trumps and their family? This proves, you are slanted and
    unfair to your public and your viewers.

    And Lemon, you talk about respect? What do you even know about those people
    who were sitting there other than the Obama’s and the color of their skin?

    Let me throw this in there too. When Mrs. Obama or Mrs. Clinton talks, all
    divisive lies. NO encouragement or uplifting anything. When Mrs. Trump talks,
    all encouragement and uplifting everything. Have you taken notice?

  3. Larry

    December 7, 2018 at 1:17 am

    Hmmmmm… Cuomo sounds racist when he criticizes Lemon… who is appropriately named. ROFL

  4. Chopper

    December 7, 2018 at 7:22 am

    First of all, they went back and forth about bashing President Trump at President Bush’s funeral waaaay too long. Nothing new to talk about, eh? I couldn’t watch it to the end. I don’t like Cuomo at all,but Lemon is an infected wound just oozing poisonous pus. As far as I’m concerned, he offers nothing good to the world in which we live. Can we also point out that this person is supposed to be a journalist on a large cable network and he’s using phrases like, “I can’t fake the funk”, “Hell to the no”, and “Call me Petty McPetty”?? I normally scroll by anything I see his racist face or name on, but watching a few minutes of this clip has reminded me how much I miss the true journalists like Walter Cronkite was many, many years ago. To see so-called journalists inject their opinions to news stories these days sickens me and makes me avoid watching any television news. I don’t appreciate any talking heads trying to tell me what to think and spreading hate and division.

  5. Dragonfly43

    December 7, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    While talking about the birther issue, I’d like to know why Lemon omitted how Obama was able to attend a university as a foreign student, Barry Sotero.

  6. Rockne Hughes

    December 7, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    Lemon is just a “nothing mouth” and enjoys the attention created by being negative since he is unable to get any attention positively.

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