CNN’s Don Lemon opened his show tonight with a scathing monologue about how President Trump‘s racist tendencies were on full display once again when he attacked Elizabeth Warren.
Lemon began by talking about the moment when Trump decided to revive his conflict with the senator by calling her “Pocahontas” in reference to her unproven claim of having Native American ancestry. Trump uttered this insult during a ceremony for World War II Navajo code talkers. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders would go on to defend the president today after Warren condemned him for ruining the event with a “racial slur.”
“That remark met with stunned silence from everyone in the room,” Lemon noted. “Because everyone in that room knew it was a racist slur directed at Senator Elizabeth Warren. How did they know that? It’s an insult the president loves slamming her with.”
Lemon went on to note how Native American groups have expressed anger over Trump repeatedly using Pocahontas’ name in a negative manner. Lemon also criticized the president for the optics of conducting the ceremony in front of a painting of Andrew Jackson, who is historically known for his abusive policies towards indigenous American peoples.
From there, Lemon said that Trump’s charged comments cannot be given the benefit of the doubt anymore, and he cycled through several of the biggest controversies where the president was accused of racism. Lemon finished by revisiting an interview Trump gave two years ago where the mogul insisted that he’s not prejudiced.
“Just because you say you’re not racist doesn’t make it so,” said Lemon, “especially if you say, do, and defend racist behavior over and over and over again. Especially if you have lost your credibility by telling countless lies, big and small.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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