Court filings in the cases against two close associates of President Donald Trump dominated the news cycle Friday night.
But to open his show, CNN host Don Lemon went back to one of the day’s earlier stories, comments made by former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about Trump, which prompted a furious response from the president.
“So often, the President would say here’s what I want to do and here’s how I want to do it and I would have to say to him, Mr. President I understand what you want to do but you can’t do it that way. It violates the law,” Tillerson said.
“Rex Tillerson didn’t have the mental capacity needed. He was dumb as a rock and I couldn’t get rid of him fast enough. He was lazy as hell. Now it is a whole new ballgame, great spirit at State!” Trump tweeted.
That blowup was just one of the day’s developments involving the “best people” Trump promised would serve the nation under him.
“These are the best people,” Lemon mused. “The president hired Rex Tillerson, the guy he now calls dumb as a rock and lazy as hell. He hired John Kelly, who won’t even speak to him now. He hired Paul Manafort to run his campaign at the most crucial moment, when he won the nomination.”
Lemon went through other failed Trump nominees.
“Do you want me to go on?” he asked. “There are so many—I mean, I only have two hours tonight, if there isn’t breaking news at the end of this. On and on and on.”
Watch the segment below.
1960s segregationist George Wallace would ‘smile’ at seeing Trump teargas protesters for a photo op: CNN’s Bakari Sellers
CNN political commentator Bakari Sellers said on Tuesday that watching President Donald Trump teargas a group of peaceful protesters so that he could have a photo opportunity reminded him of something he'd see segregationist Alabama Gov. George Wallace do.
"Yesterday, the president of the United States used teargas, he used the military against peaceful protesters," Sellers said. "The the only thing I could think of is George Wallace is looking over him with a smile."
Sellers then said he was "thoroughly pissed off" at conservative evangelicals who are remaining silent even as Trump continues to pour gasoline on the fire of racism while wrapping himself in the flag and the cross.
“My God!’: CNN’s Anderson Cooper appalled by the real reason Trump went to St. John’s Church
On Monday evening, President Donald Trump appeared to cause mass disruption and chaos as federal police cleared peaceful protesters with forceful tactics outside the White House ahead of his walk to the nearby St. John’s Church.
And when CNN’s Kaitlan Collins told Anderson Cooper on air of the reported reason behind this move, the host was shocked and appalled.
“Sources are telling my colleague Kevin Liptak that, in part, the reason the president made this trip outside the gates of the White House — a really rare trip, where you do not often see the president walk out of the front door of the White House, walk across Lafayette Square, to St. John’s — was driven, in part, that he was upset by coverage of the fact that he had been rushed to the underground bunker on Friday night during the protests that you saw breaking out here, in front of the White House,” she said.
‘Teetering on a dictatorship’: CNN’s Don Lemon says Trump may be ‘declaring war on Americans’
On Monday, CNN anchor Don Lemon reacted with horror to President Donald Trump's speech, set against the police and military tear gassing peaceful protesters in front of the White House.
"Open your eyes, America ... we are teetering on a dictatorship. This is chaos," said Lemon. "Is the president declaring war on Americans? What is happening here? He's saying he wants to protect peaceful protesters, at the same time sending law enforcement and military into the streets to push peaceful protesters back, to be aggressive with peaceful protesters. He is doing the exact opposite of what he said in that speech."