Lemon then asked his viewers to reflect: "I've wondered if he will succeed, if President Trump is the one who has the finger on the pulse of this country".
First lady Melania Trump's move to distance herself from President Donald Trump's criticism of National Basketball Association superstar LeBron James was the latest instance of her quiet but seemingly concerted effort to subtly create space between herself and her husband, careful not to criticise him directly while making clear she does not agree with him, AP reports. He made Lebron look smart, which isn't easy to do.
A lineup of public figures and social media personalities quickly stepped up to point out that Trump's attack overlooked the fact that James sat down for an interview to discuss his humanitarian work.
"Let me not mince words here", Lemon said on CNN Tonight, looking directly into the camera and delivering his monologue with a steady, calm demeanor - "this president traffics in racism and is fueled by bullying".
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Lemon concluded by lamenting that Trump's conduct and attacks on James reflect a dark underbelly of American society where racial minorities get antagonized by their fellow citizens while the president seems to encourage such behavior. He added that "This president constantly denigrates people of color and women".
"He divides by race and tries to conquer decency by smearing and besmirching the truth and the people who fight to uphold it", Lemon said.
Mr. Trump responded by taking a shot at Mr. James' and Mr. Lemon's intelligence while seemingly choosing Mr. Jordan in the ongoing debate about whether Mr. James or Mr. Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time.