The president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association appeared Tuesday night on "CNN Tonight," where he told host Don Lemon that Trump's alleged extramarital affair with a porn actress was different than behavior for which he criticized Bill Clinton.
Lemon was reporting on the arrest of Brandon Griesemer of Novi, Michigan, who "made approximately 22 total calls to CNN" on January 9 and 10, threatening its employees, according to an arrest affidavit released on Monday. In the calls he said CNN was "fake news" and told the network "I'm coming to gun you all down", The Guardian reports. And in the second call, 'I am on my way right now to gun the f**king CNN cast down.
"There's nothing random about this".
CNN anchor Don Lemon unloaded on President Trump Tuesday night, viciously blaming the Commander-in-Chief for death threats leveled at the cable news network; breathlessly claiming the suspect was inspired by Trump's repeated references to "fake news".
He then addressed the president directly.
Watch Lemon's vicious accussations above. I am coming to kill you'.
Brandon Griesemer of Novi Michigan
"We take any threats to CNN employees or workplaces around the world extremely seriously", a company spokesperson said Monday in response to the news of Griesemer's arrest. He then paused before reflecting: "Fake news".
Trump has tweeted the term "fake news" at least 50 times since his inauguration in 2017. However, Lemon cited controversial tweets and recent reports of Trump's derogatory remarks regarding some nations in Africa.
Lemon pointed out that Trump attacked CNN's Jim Acosta on Twitter just earlier Tuesday.
Last Wednesday, Trump announced the "winners" of what he called the "Highly Anticipated 2017 Fake News Awards", in which CNN was mentioned four times.
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"Mr. President, I'm going to speak directly to you".
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The House approved the funding bill by a vote of 266-150 just hours after it passed the Senate by a vote of 81-18. We will make a long-term deal on immigration if, and only if, it is good for our country", Trump said.