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Don Lemon Rips Trump: 2 Weekend Tragedies, 1 in Charlottesville and 1 in Bedminster

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Don Lemon opened Monday’s CNN Tonight by reviewing some significant moments in American history on race and racism in the wake of the violence and bigotry on display in Charlottesville.

He also looked back at what President Trump has said about David Duke in the past before bringing up his initial comments on Saturday:

“The president had a chance to make it crystal clear whose side he was on, what he truly believes and once in front of the cameras, the President refused to call out or call by name the racist, bigoted white supremacists at the heart of the Charlottesville story.”

Lemon even revisited the time he directly asked the President if he was racist. At the time, Trump said, “I am the least racist person that you have ever met.”

Before bringing on his panel, Lemon said, “There were two tragedies this weekend, one in Charlottesville, the other at Bedminster.”

After David Gergen reiterated his comments from earlier tonight about the President needing to come to terms with his own hatred, Lemon expressed how shocked he was by people defending the President on this:

“As I was watching people on this network and other networks reflexively defending this president, and I could not believe it. The president said what he had to say. And if he had to say something different, he would said it because he’s done it many, many times before. I don’t understand how people can put themselves in a position to say that anything he said initially on Saturday was right. It was absolutely wrong. There is no other side to racism or bigotry or any phobia or anything like that. It was just disgusting to watch people do it.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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