Just a few weeks after laughing himself into speechlessness over the idea that President Trump’s supporters were a bunch of “credulous rubes” who couldn’t find Ukraine on the map, CNN’s Don Lemon nearly went into a TDS-related seizure on Wednesday night after former Gov. John Kasich wouldn’t criticize the president’s address to the nation.
Lemon, who had apparently only invited Kasich onto the program with the expectation that the NeverTrump Republican would bash the president right along with him, grew irate when Kasich refused to play along.
Lemon asked Kasich to expound on criticism of Trump’s coronavirus travel ban after the White House clarified some points about who would be affected by the restrictions.
But Kasich went another way.
“Look, I watched the address tonight and I thought it was fine. He did fine,” Kasich said. “I’m glad he did the address tonight and I think that was important.”
The former Ohio governor said that Trump had done well to “stick to the script” and avoid extraneous commentary on the disease. But Kasich’s praise of the president sent Lemon into a frothing rage.
“I don’t know if he stuck to the script or not, but whatever script he read was wrong, because they had to clarify it several times,” Lemon said. “And I’ve just got to say if the president came out to calm people’s fears, he didn’t do a good job of it because he had to come back and clarify it several times! And this has been going on long enough for them to get it straight!
“We need straight, accurate information from this president and this administration and we’re not getting it!” Lemon continued, his voice rising. “I don’t understand why you’re tip-toeing around it. He came out, gave an address that’s usually — that happens very rarely and he doesn’t get it right?!”
Kasich, remaining calm in the face of Lemon’s hysteria, said, “First of all, he read it. And somebody – I don’t want to get into—”
“Why not?” Lemon yelled. “That’s why you’re here! To talk about the president’s address!”
Yeah, and only the way I WANT you to talk about it, John!
“Can I finish?” Kasich asked.
“No, no you can’t, John!” Lemon blurted. “Because we’re here to talk about the president — I don’t want you to go on and deflect and talk about something else, because we’re here to talk about the president’s address. And you said that someone else wrote it — he’s the president! Even if someone else wrote it, it should be right!”
Take a pill, Don. Breathe into a brown paper bag for a while.
Or, if you’re so inclined, use a plastic bag.