CNN’s Don Lemon Fires Back at Trump in Scathing Monologue: ‘This President Traffics in Racism’


CNN’s Don Lemon delivered a fiery monologue on Monday night as a direct response to President Donald Trump‘s Twitter attacks against him and NBA star LeBron James.

Lemon began by going through his recent interview with James — which went beyond the basketball star’s political views and placed great focus on how he’s building a public school for at-risk children. Trump called Lemon the “dumbest man on television” in response to the James interview, and even though Lemon acknowledged that Trump has called lots of people stupid before, the CNN host made note of how often Trump insults the intelligence of people of color who criticize him.

“I would like to note referring to African-Americans as dumb — remember this is America – Referring to African Americans as dumb is one of the oldest canards of America’s past and present that black people are of inferior intelligence.”

As Lemon cycled through the outrage Trump’s attacks caused over the weekend, he reminded viewers of the president’s attacks on “low IQ” Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) along with his birtherism against former President Barack Obama. The CNN host noted that Trump calls anthem-kneelers protesting racial injustice “sons of bitches,” yet he referred to the white supremacists of Charlottesville as “very fine people.”

“Let me not mince words here: This president traffics in racism and is fueled by bullying,” Lemon said. “He divides by race and tries to conquer decency by smearing and besmirching the truth and the people who fight to uphold it.”

Lemon concluded by lamenting that Trump’s conduct and attacks on James reflect a dark underbelly of American society where racial minorities get antagonized by their fellow citizens while the president seems to encourage such behavior.

“Will the country stand up for them? We, the decent and truly patriotic people who really love America and believe in its greatness, have to, because clearly Donald Trump won’t.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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