Trump fired off a series of messages earlier in the day, complaining about the complexity of airplanes in the aftermath of a disastrous crash involving a relatively new Boeing 737 Max 8.
“Airplanes are becoming far too complex to fly,” Trump wrote, claiming that pilots need to be “computer scientists from MIT” to fly them. “I don’t know about you, but I don’t want Albert Einstein to be my pilot.”
Cuomo and Lemon said the president’s comments played into his rallying theme that things were better once upon a time.
“Hold your horses, Fred Flintstone,” Lemon said, then mimicked pedaling a cartoon car with his feet and added:
The idea that the advancement of technology is a bad thing is just ludicrous and ridiculous. Do we want to stay in the Stone Ages? Do we want to stay in the olden times?
Both Lemon and Cuomo pointed out that flying in the United States had never been safer, thanks to advancing technology.
“He knows what he’s doing once again,” Cuomo said. “He is tapping into this fear of the new because people feel they’re being left behind.”
Trump’s comments also harken to his “Make America Great Again” slogan.
“When were we ever greater than we are today?” Cuomo asked.
Then Lemon interrupted him by singing the first line of “Those Were the Days,” the theme song to the hit 1970s TV show “All In The Family.”
And Cuomo couldn’t help but sing along: