CNN's Don Lemon apparently couldn’t resist using the funeral of George H.W. Bush as an opportunity to bash President Donald Trump.
However, Lemon’s remarks were so “small” and “petty,” that even fellow CNN anchor Chris Cuomo had to call him out live on the air.
"I don't think I would shake hands with him. I would just — nope, couldn't do it. I'm not that big a person," Lemon said. "I would hope that I would be, but I don't — I can't fake the funk as they say.”
Cuomo argued the Obamas were merely showing respect for the office of the president of the United States, which is the right thing to do.
Lemon then turned the segment into a spectacle and called his producer into the shot so he could show the audience what he would have done if Trump tried to shake his hand. Lemon ignored the producer’s outstretched hand and sat in his chair smugly.
“You’re petty and small,” Cuomo shot back.
“I’m not petty and small, that’s real, brother,” Lemon responded.
“Real petty and small,” Cuomo said.
Watch the segment below:
Cuomo later made Lemon look even smaller.
"It's about respecting the presidency. George H.W. Bush was a president, and it's that you can't be about your own petty grievances. You represent the American people, and you should wear that on your sleeve, everyday," Cuomo explained.
Lemon still didn't get it.
Fortunately, the Obamas had more respect for the Bush family's wishes than Lemon seemingly does. The family made it clear beforehand that they didn't want the celebration of George H.W. Bush's life to be marred by anti-Trump sentiment or stunts taking shots at the president.
There was no Trump-bashing at any of the memorial services for the former president.