(Deadline) In a 10-minute take-down that came in response to Trump’s tweet calling Lemon and NBA superstar LeBron James dumb, Lemon said the president’s “nasty, hateful swipe” is just the latest example of “one of the oldest canards of America’s racist past and present – that black people are of inferior intelligence.”

“Let me not mince words here,” Lemon said on CNN Tonight, looking directly into the camera and delivering his monologue with a steady, calm demeanor – “this president traffics in racism and is fueled by bullying.”