Kelly explained that when Lemon said CNN wants “only sensible Republicans” to come on the network, what he meant was “anti-MAGA and anti-[former President Donald] Trump.”
The host then repeated Lemon’s comments saracastically, saying, “they’ve never been liberal. See, they’ve always been above board, trying to hold people to account, right? Wasn’t that your experience watching CNN for the past six years?”
Holmes said during 2016, after Trump became president, he stopped making appearances on the network because he said he would be “castigated” on air if a person didn’t slam the administration.