The CNN presenter made the comments on Monday night in response to a Fox News segment in which anchor Bill Hemmer asked Trump campaign spokesperson Hogan Gidley whether the president feels “emasculated” after “the social media crackdown”. Trump has been permanently banned from Twitter. Facebook and Instagram have suspended his accounts at least until Inauguration Day.
In an excerpt of the Fox News segment that played on Lemon’s CNN Tonight, Gidley asserted: “I wouldn’t say [Trump feels] emasculated. The most masculine person I think to ever hold the White House is the president of the United States.”
A dismayed, frustrated Lemon snorted after the clip played. “I’ve heard a lot of pathetic things from this White House,” he said. “This one really takes the cake.”
He called Trump “a big tough guy who incited a riot and then hid in the White House for five days and still refuses to take responsibility,” and told Gidley to “shup up”.
About Trump, Lemon added: “He is the biggest snowflake of them all, the biggest one!”
Referring to some of the rhetoric deployed by Trump supporters on social media and other material, Lemon said: “‘I don’t want to hear about your feelings.’ ‘Give me facts and not feelings.’” He added: “Why are you coddling [Trump’s] feelings all the time? Why are you coddling all of these people’s feelings?”
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Lemon went on citing some of the rhetoric that has been used in response to the 2020 presidential election, stating: “‘We need to understand how they feel. Give them time to accept the election.’ Really? Who’s the snowflake now?”
He concluded: “The president’s legacy will be not the most masculine president, but the biggest loser we have ever had as president.”