CNN shamelessly jumped at the chance to springboard off a viral video of a bullied kid to defend anchor Don Lemon from President Trump’s Twitter criticisms.
Everyone’s heartstrings were pulled after viewing the video of Keaton Jones of Knoxville, Tennessee, describing himself the victim of bullying at school because of his looks. Keaton’s sad story got him more invitations from celebrities than he knows what to do with, including one from Mark Ruffalo and Chris Evans of The Avengers inviting him to next year’s Infinity War premiere. Even Donald Trump Jr. offered his house in Las Vegas to Keaton if he and his family need a place to stay while visiting Ultimate Fighting Championship headquarters — an invitation he received from UFC president Dana White.
So, as the country has all the feels for Keaton, CNN saw a chance to use the viral moment to label Trump a bully. On Monday, the president tweeted:
Another false story, this time in the Failing @nytimes, that I watch 4-8 hours of television a day - Wrong! Also, I seldom, if ever, watch CNN or MSNBC, both of which I consider Fake News. I never watch Don Lemon, who I once called the “dumbest man on television!” Bad Reporting.
Apparently, Lemon is just like a helpless child and needs his mommy employer to fight his battles. CNN released the following statement:
“In a world where bullies torment kids on social media to devastating effect on a regular basis with insults and name-calling, it is sad to see our president engaging in the very same behavior himself. Leaders should lead by example.”
How pathetic, CNN.