Don Lemon Faces Backlash For Saying The ‘Biggest Terror Threat in This Country is White Men’
CNN’s Don Lemon is receiving blowback for remarks he made Monday night.
As Chris Cuomo was handing things off to his colleague, the two of them discussed the recent shooting of two black men in Kentucky, which is now being investigated as a hate crime.
Cuomo noted that he “barely had time to cover” that hate crime because they were “distracted by another extremist,” referring to the horrific shooting at the Pittsburgh synagogue this past weekend.
Lemon responded by speaking broadly about how certain types of people have been often seen as some sort of “threat.”
“I keep trying to point out to people not to demonize any one group or any one ethnicity, but we keep thinking that the biggest terror threat is something else. Some people who are marching towards the border like it’s eminent. And the last they did this, a couple of hundred people came and they, you know, most of them didn’t get into the country. Most of them got tuckered out before they made to the border,” Lemon told Cuomo.
“So we have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right, and we have to start doing something about them. There is no travel ban on them. There is no ban on — you know, they had the Muslim ban. There is no ‘white guy ban.’ So what do we do about that?”
Well that sparked a fierce reaction from critics on social media.
I could hardly believe he actually said that, but the video shows he certainly did. Remarkable. https://t.co/6x6YMoDVkV
— Brit Hume (@brithume) October 31, 2018
— Kevin Corke (@kevincorke) October 31, 2018
I wonder sometimes if CNN is deliberately trying to be a parody. “How many times can we do the things we condemn other people for doing before people catch on?” Hypocrites. https://t.co/1sawNQ2kf1
— Allie Beth Stuckey (@conservmillen) October 31, 2018
There is nobody on either side who encourages violence in the way that Max Boot and all the other warmongers do. https://t.co/pNR2tDDE3n
— Michael Malice (@michaelmalice) October 31, 2018
— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) October 31, 2018
We have to stop demonizing people based on race or ethnicity and also white men are terrorists. This is CNN. https://t.co/fFhWm6jr5q
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 31, 2018
— Joe Biggs (@Rambobiggs) October 31, 2018
— Jim Hanson (@Uncle_Jimbo) October 31, 2018
uhh seriously @donlemon and @ChrisCuomo? This is about the most racist thing I have heard this month from @CNN… ohh right it’s not racist if its against white people… thats how it works right??? https://t.co/fynPHzgP4l
— Carl Higbie (@CarlHigbie) October 31, 2018
Take out the words “WHITE MEN” and REPLACE them with “BLACK MEN” and see how fast the HOST who says this GETS FIRED…
Race BAITING at it’s FINEST… DEMS feed on DIVISION…
Don Lemon: “The Biggest Terror Threat In This Country Is WHITE MEN” [VIDEO]..https://t.co/k3ZM6ioJhb
— Chuck Callesto (@ChuckCallesto) October 30, 2018
CNN’s @donlemon: “The biggest terror threat in this country is white men.”
Is that unadulterated racism or bigotry?
— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) October 30, 2018
— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) October 31, 2018
Literally couldn’t finish the sentence without making himself a hypocrite https://t.co/buo0AiRuhy
— Alex Griswold, but Halloween-themed I guess (@HashtagGriswold) October 31, 2018
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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