Don Lemon Says Donald Trump YMCA Dancing 'on the Graves of 215,000 Americans'

CNN anchor Don Lemon offered scathing criticism of President Donald Trump on Tuesday after he was filmed dancing to the Village People's "YMCA" at a rally in Florida.

Lemon pointed to the ongoing problems with COVID-19 and the number of Americans who have died from the virus. The president tested positive for the disease more than a week ago and received treatment at Walter Reed medical center. Lemon showed a clip of Trump saying he'd been treated by 14 doctors.

The quote

"Fourteen doctors, huh? Do you have 14 doctors?" Lemon asked his viewers. "Can you even see a doctor? Do you have health insurance? Fourteen doctors surrounding me. Really?"

"Now you have a pre-existing condition, Mr. President. Like millions of other Americans. But they can't get 14 doctors and the best medicine and a helicopter ride to the hospital.

"Two-hundred and fifteen thousand Americans are dead. Many of them died alone or at home," Lemon said as the video of Trump dancing to "YMCA" came on the screen.

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"Most of them didn't have to die as a result of a president whose deadly dereliction of duty that cannot be erased. Yeah, see, I'm reading something serious and look what's happening. That can't be taken away no matter how many times he goes to rallies and dances to the Village People," Lemon said, before mockingly dancing.

"You know, they play that song like every night at every gay bar across America. But, you know," Lemon said. "And last night I think it was "Macho Macho Man" and that one, too. You cannot write this stuff.

"But he is having fun and dancing. On the graves of 215,000 Americans. Dancing," Lemon said.

Why it matters

The number of cases of COVID-19 in the United States is continuing to rise. Since Saturday, more than 20 states have hit new highs in seven-day average case counts, according to the Washington Post. Case counts were higher in 40 states, the newspaper reported.

There have been more than 7 million cases nationwide and more than 215,000 deaths with more expected in the coming weeks and months, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Following his treatment for the virus, the president has resumed holding in-person rallies, at which there has reportedly been limited social distancing and mask-wearing.

Context

Lemon has criticized Trump's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in the past. On October 1, the CNN host said the president was partially responsible for catching the virus, citing his rallies.

"In large part, it's his own dereliction [that] is partly to blame to this," Lemon said.

"He chose to go out to rallies. He chose to down play masks. He chose to not social distance and called it a hoax and so on and so forth. But, you know, again, it's horrible that the president has this," he said.

President Donald Trump Speaks to Supporters
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a rally at the John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, on October 13, 2020. White House physician Dr. Sean Conley declared on Saturday that the president is "no longer considered a transmission risk to others," while those in attendance had their temperature checked and masks were said to be required. More than 215,000 Americans have died of the disease. Jeff Swensen/Getty Images