CNN Trump supporter Paris Dennard tried to make the case that the Montana body-slamming incident Wednesday night had nothing to do with Trump’s vilification of the media. Don Lemon wasn’t having it. His response was perfect.
On Wednesday night, the GOP candidate for Montana’s Congressional special election, Greg Gianforte, lost his shit when a reporter asked him about the CBO’s scoring of the Republican healthcare plan. The Republican candidate physically assaulted the reporter, body-slamming him to the ground and sending him to the hospital.
Donald Trump is at least partly responsible for this attack. He has spent the past two years vilifying the press. He has been continually telling his supporters that the press is “the enemy.”
This blatant hatred of the press has been stoked and encouraged by Trump. So trying to say that Trump’s words have absolutely nothing to do with the violent Montana incident is ridiculous.
On Wednesday night CNN’s Don Lemon defended journalists. And he shared that since Trump was on the campaign trail he and many other reporters have been threatened with violence and received death threats, including threats made to journalists’ family and friends.
One of Lemon’s guests during the discussion was Trump-supporter Paris Dennard. Dennard is someone who routinely defends Trump no matter what he says or does. And Wednesday night Lemon had enough.
Lemon asked Dennard,
“You don’t think it’s because of a guy who’s in office now has said very horrible things about reporters, and has said that the reporters are the enemy of the American people?”
Dennard said no. And then he told Lemon that he shouldn’t be trying to connect Trump to the Gianforte attack.
Lemon shot back,
“I’m not trying. I’m telling you. I am. I’m not trying. I’m just saying, I can’t believe that you believe the words that are coming out of your mouth.”
At the end of the segment, Lemon completely cut off the Trump hack and told him he was “sorely mistaken.”