CNN’s Don Lemon and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper linked up for an epic tag-team attack on President Trump last night in which Lemon masterfully teed up one leading question after another and Clapper knocked them all out of the park with provocative sound bites that will undoubtedly be played throughout the day.
Bravo, team! Beautiful performance and seamless transition from the fake ‘Russian collusion’ narrative to the new, yet equally fake, “Trump is a racist and unfit for office’ narrative.
Here is a small sample of last night’s master class on journalism:
Lemon: “What did you think of tonight’s performance by President Trump?”
Clapper:“I don’t know when I’ve listened and watched something like this from a President that I found more disturbing.”
“Having some understanding of the levers of power that are available to a President, if he chooses to exercise them, I found this downright scary and disturbing.”
Lemon: “Are you questioning his fitness?”
Clapper: “Yes, I do.”
“I really question his ability, his fitness to be in this office and I also am beginning to wonder about his motivation for it. Maybe he is looking for a way out.”
“I do wonder, as well about the people that attracted to this — to this rally as others. You know, what are they thinking? Or why am I so far off base? Because I don’t understand the adulation. Of course, that’s why I think he gravitated to having this rally as ill-timed as it is.”
Lemon: “You said you questioned his fitness. Is he a threat to national security? The president?”
Clapper: “Well, he certainly could be. Again, having some understanding of the levers that a president can exercise, I worry about, frankly, you know, the access to the nuclear codes.”
And here is the full interview should you have the stomach for it:
Of course, one exchange that you likely won’t see replayed throughout the day on CNN is the one in which Clapper again said he has no evidence of any collusion between Russia and Trump.
Lemon: “The New York Times is reporting tonight about the falling out between the President and Mitch McConnell over Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. The report is that the President is furious that McConnell failed to protect him. You called the accusation of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia ‘worse than watergate.’ What do you think is going on with the President?”
Clapper: “First, to be clear Don, when I left certainly on the 20th of January I had not seen any evidence of direct collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians.”
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) August 23, 2017
Come on, Clapper…facts have no place in a narrative-building segment…