CNN anchor Don Lemon made some eyebrow-raising comments yesterday when he said that that President Trump did not understand what “real patriotism” looks like. He also insinuated that standing for the national anthem is nothing more than “fake patriotism.”

“This isn’t about some fake patriotism, about standing or some pageantry. Real patriotism is understanding what the Constitution means for all Americans and abiding by the Constitution, not doing some false presentation that you pretend to be a patriot while other people are around you going to the concession stands, getting beer, or fights in the stands or talking to each other with their baseball caps on,” Lemon said Tuesday. “That is not real patriotism. Real patriotism is understanding that all of us are created equal and we have the choice to stand, kneel or sit, or even attend a football game if we choose to.”

Lemon claimed that White House press secretary Sarah Sanders and Trump “have it all wrong” about patriotism. “What makes this country great is that we have the choice to stand or not to stand during the national anthem. This is not a dictatorship,” Lemon said. “We don’t have to do anything in this country.”

His fellow anchor Andrea Mitchell took it a step further recently, claiming that NFL fans were not patriotic either. “Take a look at any NFL stadium, and people are getting hot dogs, people are getting beers. They’re not standing and saluting the anthem, for a large part. They’re not. They’re distracted. They’re fans at an event,” Mitchell said. “And the fact that the players do not have this freedom of speech and that no one is even thinking about Colin Kaepernick … who’s been basically blackballed and can’t be hired — it’s just outrageous.”

Lemon went on to declare that Trump was dividing the country over his national anthem stance, even though most of the country agrees with him and the NFL saw a huge decline in viewership due to their protests. Lemon said about Trump, “He cannot be a unifier. He cannot be the unifier in chief. I don’t know what it is about him that he can’t do it. It seems that this is an issue where he could actually bring the country together, bring the team and talk to team owners and players, and try to get them to come to some sort of consensus about this.”