Awkward Moment Between CNN’s Tapper, Lemon Ends with Lemon Getting Mic Cut

tapper lemonAs we reported earlier, CNN’s Don Lemon was almost struck speechless by President Obama‘s powerful and moving eulogy in Charleston today. Lemon stayed on with CNN’s Charleston coverage through the next few hours. At one point, Brooke Baldwin brought on Jake Tapper to analyze the president’s comments too.

Tapper recalled similarly moving speeches Obama gave going all the way back to 2007, when he was running for president and talking about race issues. And so this really reminded Tapper of Obama speaking at black churches on the campaign trail.

Lemon offered a small note of disagreement, saying that back in those days, Obama always had to “hedge” because of the next election or legislative battle, but now he has the freedom to “not care anymore.” To Lemon, Obama’s eulogy was a clear indication of the president “preaching to the country,” which represents a stark difference.

Tapper then said, “I’m just going by reporting, I covered him on the campaign trail for two years and then at the White House for four, so, I mean, Don can think whatever he wants.”

Lemon started to respond to explain the difference further, but then his mic was cut and Tapper continued speaking with Baldwin.

Watch the video below, via CNN:

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