CNN compared President Trump’s behavior to that of a bully after he went after network anchor Don Lemon in a tweet Monday morning in response to a New York Times report saying he “hate-watched” Lemon’s show at night.

"In a world where bullies torment kids on social media to devastating effect on a regular basis with insults and name calling, it is sad to see our president engaging in the very same behavior himself. Leaders should lead by example,” a CNN spokesperson told the Washington Examiner in a statement.

After a New York Times story on Saturday detailed the president’s television-viewing habits, Trump responded with a tweet Monday, denying he watches CNN and MSNBC. He claimed Lemon was the “dumbest man on television.”

“Another false story, this time in the Failing @nytimes, that I watch 4-8 hours of television a day - Wrong! Also I seldom, if ever, watch CNN or MSNBC, both of which I consider Fake News. I never watch Don Lemon, who I once called the ‘dumbest man on television!’ Bad Reporting.”

In a December 2015 tweet, Trump complimented Lemon for a “very professionally done” interview.

His latest comments come as members of the Trump family and administration rally behind Keaton Jones, a middle school student from Tennessee who described how he was bullied in a video that went viral over the weekend.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Americans “need to lift each other up, and lead by example for children who learn what they live.”

“If your heart breaks watching and hearing this boy’s pain, think twice before causing or adding to another’s,” Conway tweeted.