During an interview with fellow CNN host Chris Cuomo, anchor Don Lemon expressed his opinion of the 74 million Americans that voted for President Trump in the 2020 Presidential Election. In the interview conducted on Wednesday, Lemon essentially compared all Trump voters to “Nazis” and “The Klan.”
During the discussion, Cuomo asks Lemon his opinion on whether the rioters that stormed the Capitol on January 6 are somehow different from the average Trump voter.
Cuomo: “Now what you hear is, ‘Well, you can’t say that everybody who voted for Trump is like the people who went into the Capitol. Response?”
Lemon: “If you are on that side, you need to think about the side you are on. I am never on the side of the Klan. Principled people, conservative or liberal, never on the Klan’s side. Principled people, conservative or liberal, never on the Nazi’s side.”
In other words, Don Lemon feels that half of his fellow Americans are on the side of the Klan and Nazis. While the tv host claims he would never be on the side of the Klan, he does support Joe Biden, who has made countless racist remarks throughout his lifetime, such as calling racially-integrated schools “racial jungles.” Additionally, Lemon supports the man who befriended a Klan member: Robert Byrd, and even delivered a eulogy at Byrd’s funeral in 2010 calling the Klansman a “friend,” “mentor,” and a “guide.” Video of the full eulogy can be seen below.
Lemon went on, “Principled people, conservative or liberal, never on the side that treats their fellow Americans as less than, that says that your fellow Americans should not exist. That says your fellow Americans should be in a concentration camp, or sides with slavery, or sides with any sort of bigotry.”
Interestingly, Lemon attributes being “principled” only to those that did not vote for Donald Trump. When he claims that he would never be on the side that treats his fellow Americans as “less than” it is important to remember when Lemon laughed with his guests that mocked Trump voters, stating that supporters of the President were “ignorant”, “boomers”,” and “rubes”–a term meaning “county bumpkins.” Lemon actually snorted as he was doubled over and barely able to speak because of his raucous laughter as the guests spoke with a colloquial accent that was quite condescending. Lemon’s response to the insults: “That was a good one. I needed that.”
Cuomo then prodded: “Right, and if they say, ‘I don’t agree with those people, I just like Trump’s policies?’
“Well then get out of the crowd with them. Get out of the crowd with them,” Lemon responded. “You’re in the crowd who voted for Trump. If you voted for Trump, you voted for the person who the Klan supported. You voted for the person who Nazis support. You voted for the person who the alt-right supports. That’s the crowd that you are in.”
While Mr. Lemon tries to take the moral high ground here, let’s not forget that he supported, and presumably voted for a man that is demonstrably supported by a good friend of the Klan, Joe Biden. He also voted for a man that attempted to strip Americans of their racial identity when he told African Americans that “you ain’t black” if you were not voting for him.
Lemon continued to make accusations during the Cuomo interview. “You voted for the person who incited a crowd to go into the Capitol and potentially take the lives of lawmakers, took the lives of police officers, took the lives, innocent lives who were there on the Capitol that day,” he said.
When asked if one could equate the violence seen this summer from BLM and Antifa rioters, Lemon stated, “You can’t compare what happened this summer to what happened at the Capitol. It’s two different things,” Lemon said. “One is built on people, on racial justice, on criminal justice, right, on reform, on police not beating up – or police treating people of color differently than they do whites. Okay? That is not a lie. Those are facts. Go look at them. What happened at the Capitol was built on a lie perpetrated by the president and the people who support him.”
Unfortunately, Don Lemon finds himself unable to understand that he and his network have spent the past several years treating conservatives unfairly and hurling insults at a group of people solely because of who they chose to vote for. He fails to see how his rhetoric stoked the flames of discontent among Americans that feel completely marginalized by the Mainstream Media and by Big Tech. He also fails to be introspective and accept the role he has played in dividing this nation, even as President-Elect Biden calls on all of us to unite as one.