CNN’s Don Lemon let rip on President Donald Trump on Thursday night, after a report claimed he referred to Haiti, El Salvador and African nations as “shithole countries.”
Lemon—who just last month was himself attacked by Trump on Twitter—opened Thursday’s CNN Tonight: “The President of the United States is racist.”
During a White House meeting Thursday about protection of immigrants, Trump allegedly said, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” reported The Washington Post.
“Those comments are, frankly, disgusting,” Lemon continued. “They’re not shocking, not even really surprising, because this is who Donald Trump is—this is what he thinks.”
Later, during a heated panel discussion on Trump’s remarks, Lemon grew incensed by John Fredericks, Trump’s former presidential campaign co-chair in Virginia, who tried to claim that the issue wasn’t race, or Trump’s apparent bigotry, but a matter of economics. Fredericks told Lemon that making it a race issue was “easy and lazy.”