"What took them so long?" was Donald Trump's very first reaction when he heard the news.
CNN is officially dumping Don Lemon.
Actually, Donald's VERY first reaction was to call the situation "good news" and to refer to Don Lemon as "the dumbest man on television."
Trump posted his reaction on his very own social media website, Truth Social, writing:
Good News: "The dumbest man on television," Don Lemon, has finally been fired from FAKE NEWS CNN. My only question is, WHAT TOOK THEM SO LONG?
Lemon had been facing increased scrutiny in recent months, most of it for asserting that 51-year-old Nikki Haley was past her "prime."
Trump has been angry that Lemon has had a platform since at least 2017.
Another false story, this time in the Failing @nytimes, that I watch 4-8 hours of television a day - Wrong! Also, I seldom, if ever, watch CNN or MSNBC, both of which I consider Fake News. I never watch Don Lemon, who I once called the “dumbest man on television!” Bad Reporting.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 11, 2017
Lemon has responded to Trump at least a couple times. In October of 2022, Lemon said that Trump "didn't have the courage" to come on CNN and answer Lemon's questions.
Before that, in June of 2021, Lemon referred to Donald Trump as the "disgraced" former president.