CNN host Don Lemon compared White House press secretary Sean Spicer's response to questions about President Trump's wiretapping allegation to a famous scene in Adam Sandler's "Billy Madison" Thursday.
Spicer was asked during the daily briefing whether the president stood by his unproven allegations that former President Obama surveilled Trump Tower.
"I think that there’s been a vast amount of reporting, which I just detailed, about activity that was going on in the 2016 election," he said. "There was no question that there was surveillance techniques used throughout this. ... The president has already been very clear that he didn’t mean specifically wiretapping. He had it in quotes. So I think to fall back on that is a false premise. That's not what he said. He was very clear when he talked about it yesterday."
“Did anyone see 'Billy Madison?' " Lemon asked. “The game show scene? ‘Everyone in this room is dumber for having listened to that.’"
"I hope that you’re not dumber and I hope we," he said, referring to CNN, "are providing you some information.”
"To be clear," Lemon continued. "No one mischaracterized what the Senate Intel said. Here's a statement: 'Based on the information available to us, we see no indication that Trump Tower was a subject of surveillance by any element of the United States government either before or after Election Day 2016.' "