Don Lemon has famously stated that “white men are the biggest terror threat” in the U.S. and although he has no faith that President Trump will ever take a stand against racism, he calls his supporters out for endorsing it.
Two CNN hosts were involved in a discussion about Donald Trump’s silence regarding racism among his fellow Republican politicians and his supporting base, and one of them had personal reasons to assume Trump is, in fact, a racist.
“On this [expletive], what we ignore, we empower. This took too long,” Cuomo said on TV, leaving only two options for Trump: to condemn King or to admit that he agrees with him on this issue.
Cuomo went on to address Trump supporters, telling them that they have to pressure him to take a stand and prove that he is not the “bigot” the media portrays him as being so they can get “the cover that [they] say that [they] want.”
If Trump supporters claim not to be supporting a bigot, Cuomo said, then they must wonder “Where is he right now?”
To Cuomo’s surprise, this question made black news anchor Don Lemon laugh, for he doesn’t seem to be giving Trump the benefit of the doubt even for a minute.
“Come on, really? He is not a bigot? I’ve already said it. Of course he is. Look at the evidence. This is not just my opinion, this is evidence,” Lemon replied.
Lemon assured viewers that there was no way Trump could speak out to condemn King’s racist views because he would not upset his supporters, many of whom, he claims, are bigots and racists.
THE CASE AGAINST REP. STEVE KING
Despite a long history of racist remarks, King was just reelected for his ninth consecutive term in the House of Representatives, but it seems this time his defense of white supremacism is backfiring. Steve King said:
“White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive? Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?”
Even when the Republican Party allegedly tolerated King’s racist views for years, his open support of white nationalism in a major news outlet proved to be too much for his fellow Republican congressmen.
Many have spoken out to condemn him for what he said, and he was deprived of all his committee assignments, and political analysts wonder if this will force Trump to reconsider his position or risk losing the support of the lawmakers.
Lemon and Trump have been clashing publicly for a while now, but the exchange of insults between the two on the news and social media goes way back to 2011 when Lemon claims he was the target of a racist comment from Trump.
In August 2018, Lemon shared the episode he had with the politician, after his CNN colleague Wolf Blitzer told him that he thought there was “a mutually respectful relationship” between Lemon and the current U.S. President.
In response to this, Lemon recalled an interview he did with Trump when Trump was just a reality TV star rumored to have an eye on the U.S. presidency.
On that occasion, Lemon was discussing the conspiracy theory that claimed that then President Barack Obama had been born in Kenya, as was championed by Trump.
After Lemon’s insistence of calling Trump a racist for his claims about Obama, Trump rushed to end the interview, and according to the journalist, once off-air, he accused Lemon of being a racist instead.
“He vowed he’d never come back and do an interview with me because I was racist,” Lemon told CNN’s Dana Bash back then.
“That I was racist because of the way that I challenged him. He thought, you know, I somehow can’t be unbiased about an issue because of race… because I’m African American,” Lemon shared.
Lemon has always expressed concerns about Trump’s xenophobic and racist affiliations, and he has been a target of death threats by at least one white man, who was actually arrested and charged for this.