The media was certainly left flabbergasted by President Donald Trump last night, after he repeatedly attacked their veracity and agenda during a lengthy speech to supporters at a rally in Phoenix.
Perhaps no one was left more triggered, however, than CNN anchor Don Lemon, who decided to "speak from the heart" following the President's event, and ended up launching into a full-scale tirade against what he called an "unhinged" Trump speech "devoid of sanity."
"He's unhinged, it's embarrassing and I don't mean for us, the media, because he went after us, but for the country," Lemon said. "This is who we elected president of the United States. A man who is so petty that he has to go after people who he deems to be his enemy, like an imaginary friend of a 6-year-old."
Lemon wasn't even barely finished, however. "His speech was without thought, it was without reason, it was devoid of facts, it was devoid of wisdom. There was no gravitas. There was no sanity there. He was like a child blaming a sibling on something else. He did it, I didn't do it."
Once the ball was rolling on Lemon's airing of grievances, it only picked up speed. As Lemon went on and on and on about the president's rally, he wound his way into an amateur diagnosis of Donald Trump's mental health. Eventually, Lemon arrived at the 25th Amendment, which he suggested could be put into force because Trump was clearly unfit for office.
"A man clearly wounded by the rational people who are abandoning him in droves, meaning those business people and the people in Washington now who are questioning his fitness for office and whether he is stable," he railed. "A man backed into a corner, it seems, by circumstances beyond his control and beyond his understanding. That's the truth."
Even after he'd gone off the air, Lemon still wasn't letting up. On Twitter, Lemon kept the party going until late into the night, finding issue after new issue with the president's speech.
It may not be clear to Lemon, or to the other journalists who covered the speech, only to find themselves melting down over the president's remarks about the mainstream media, that Trump's intention in delivering his speech and invoking CNN and other news networks, was clear: he wanted them to fall into a trap of emotional instability. Losing their minds in the wake of Trump's own criticism does little besides prove the president's point — that they are little more than partisan mouthpieces.