In a preview of what’s to come in 2016, CNN’s host Don Lemon got into a heated debate with two Republican conservatives after one of them called former President Bill Clinton a “Serial Sexual Abuser”. The network said enough was enough and ended the interview.
Don Lemmon invited two conservative political pundits to discuss whether Trump’s recent statements were “sexist”. It appears CNN was counting on the republican pundits dissatisfaction with Donald Trump to result in a condemnation of Trump’s statements and Trump’s recent suggestion that he will bring up Bill Clinton’s extramarital affairs.
“But don’t you think it is unfair for Trump to bring up something that happen 10 years ago,” Don Lemmon asked. “He was impeached for it. And he is not the candidate. Would it be fair to bring up something Trump’s wife did 10 years ago”.
CNN’s tactic quickly backfired. Instead of taking the opportunity to condemn Trump on national tv, the republicans, while acknowledging Trump’s statements about Hillary’s bathroom break were uncalled for, quickly turned the conversation to defending Trump’s tactic and the exchange exploded between all three participants. Don Lemmon continued to try to defend Bill Clinton and change the conversation, talking over the pundits and losing complete control of the conversation. Finally, he said enough was enough and asked the producers to cut off the commentators.
Bill Clinton, who recently said in an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria he thought Trump might win the nomination, while in the White House had to pay a $800,000 settlement for a sexual harassment incident from when he served as governor of Arkansas just before being impeached as result of his affair with Monica Lewinsky.