Republican Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz ripped CNN anchor Don Lemon's "utter contempt" for people who voted for President Trump.
H/T: Washington Examiner
Gaetz's comments were in response to a particularly obnoxious segment of Lemon's CNN show which also drew sharp rebukes from President Trump and his campaign manager, Brad Parscale, both of whom tweeted their condemnation after the segment aired.
The GOP also sought to capitalize the following day by releasing a hard-hitting ad that wove clips from the Lemon segment into videos of past and present Democrat candidates as they spoke of Trump supporters using similar themes.
.@donlemon is not a journalist. He is a hack.— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) February 1, 2020
The Left and the mainstream media have contempt not just for President Trump, not just for his allies in Congress, but also for the American people who support President @realDonaldTrump. pic.twitter.com/juaMFgIFw6
“Don Lemon is not a journalist. He is a hack. He is like CNN's professional eye-roller who wants to gasp himself out of breath at everything he sees from the president,” said Gaetz.
“But it is so indicative of the fact that they have contempt, not just for this president, not just for his allies in the Congress, but they have utter contempt for the people who voted for this president, and ultimately they have contempt for their own viewers, which is probably why viewers are leaving CNN in such a fast rate,” Gaetz added.
President @realDonaldTrump uses tough engagement when necessary but has a realistic view of the world where we’re not going to hand the 21st century over to China by overexerting our military.— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) January 31, 2020
We’re going to be smarter and we’re going to be better for our country. pic.twitter.com/3G2Rdceel2
President @realDonaldTrump is presiding over a political movement.— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) February 1, 2020
In real America, we see him making changes that will directly impact our lives:
✅Negotiating better trade deals
✅Standing up to China
✅Ending forever wars
This is what an America First agenda looks like. pic.twitter.com/fgmtZPXCfO