“I’ve got to tell you, I’m just being honest, the Obamas are really classy folks because I don’t know if I could be,” Lemon began. “I don’t think I would’ve shake hands with him. I would just — no, couldn’t do it. I’m not that big of a person. I would hope that I would be, but I don’t — I can’t fake the funk, as they say. And I’m not saying that the Obamas did that.”
Cuomo replied, “I don’t think it’s about faking the funk. I think it’s about showing respect for something bigger than them.”
Lemon shot back, asking why the Obamas should show respect for the Trumps when they don’t do the same.
“They showed respect for the office. The way they conducted themselves in office. No scandal. There was no trash. There was no affair. They showed the ultimate respect for the office. They do not have to show respect for someone who does not respect them. Someone who tweets out pictures of them behind bars,” Lemon said. “You don’t have to show respect for that kind of person.”