In a completely unprecedented moment, Lemon addressed the president directly and asked him what is up with his fascination with Obama, touching on racism, their respective wives, their parents or even their opposing looks.
This is what he said:
What is it about President Obama that really gets under your skin?
Is it because he’s smarter than you? Better educated? Made it on his own — didn’t need Daddy’s help?
Wife is more accomplished? Better looking? I don’t know, what is it, what is it about him?
That he’s a black man that’s accomplished being president?
That he punked you on the whole birth certificate thing? What is it about him? Just wondering.
Just before this, Lemon also praised George W Bush who called for non-partisan politics to emerge in Washington DC during the coronavirus which was a noble thing to do. What did Trump do in response? Moan about Bush's comments during the impeachment trial.