CNN’s Don Lemon joined the outraged media bandwagon over President Trump’s comment about immigrants coming to America from “sh*thole” countries and unleashed a shocking rant at the president’s supporters.
“The president of the United States is racist,” Lemon declared, kicking off his show Thursday. “A lot of us already knew that.”
The CNN anchor was reacting to reports that the president, in an Oval Office meeting discussing immigration protections, asked “Why are we having all these people from sh*thole countries come here?” Liberals and the mainstream media naturally had a meltdown over Trump’s comment.
Lemon called the remarks “disgusting.”
“There’s other language I’d like to use, but we are on television,” Lemon said. “But you know what? They’re not shocking. They’re not even really surprising. Because this is who Donald Trump is. This is what he thinks.”
Lemon’s ranting was far from over.
“Apparently we have to go through this repertoire every time he says something like this,” he said before unpacking examples that, in his view, confirm Trump’s obvious racism.
“Do I need to go on?” he asked rhetorically before noting that a White House official told CNN the president’s comments would “resonate with his base,” to which Lemon reacted with an exasperated, “Jesus!”
The CNN anchor then summarily insulted all Trump supporters in his condescending tone.
“This is for anyone who may be taken aback by my comments: I don’t really care if you are. I hope you are,” Lemon said.
“For years, I and others have been trying to tell you, the American people, that this man has been exhibiting bigoted behavior. I’ve asked him about it a number of times and he denied, but kept up the racist rhetoric throughout the campaign and now while he’s in the White House,” he added.
“His supporters made excuses, continue to make excuses for him. Some of them are his friends and I can hear them now, telling me: ‘Donald didn’t mean that,’ ‘Donald isn’t a racist,’ ‘I think it was taken out of context’…how many examples do you need of this? But he is a racist,” Lemon went on.
“All of you who over the last few years have uttered that tired, lazy, uninformed, uneducated response of calling me and others who point out racist behavior ‘racists,’ you know what you can go do?” he said, as his rant became more predictable. “I can’t say that. But you can go read a history book. Because you might learn that people from some of those ‘sh*thole countries’ were slaves who were brought by force to help build this country.”
Lemon directed some “self-examination” for Trump supporters, asking “what it says about you that you continue to make excuses for this man, no matter what. Doesn’t that make you just as bad?”
“I’m tired of being outraged,” he said, winding up his extended release of hot air.
“Here’s why I’m not outraged: People of color warned you,” Lemon grandly concluded. “You called us racists or race-baiters.”
The social media backlash was inevitable, and right on target.
I’m tired of you being outraged too. Get some counseling!
— Jim Wilberforce (@OneREDOctober) January 12, 2018
Not nearly as tired as we are of you Don.
— Ish Kabbible (@Bluefugatetwo) January 12, 2018
Don Lemon doesn’t appear to know the difference between race and nationality. There are shithole countries everywhere, on every continent. It’s a fact.
Another hysterical, moralising lecture from CNN’s idiot in chief.
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) January 12, 2018
Because when Obama called Trump supporters ‘Okie dokes’ there was nothing ‘racist’ about that… please.
— Full name (@KickKalergi) January 12, 2018
Same old biased, race-baiting claptrap. ? #FakeNewsCNN
— Chris11962 (@Chris11962) January 12, 2018
When did the word shithole become racist? Oh I know, when the dems need to argue a point… race card 101
— Mark Bee (@markbeenyc) January 12, 2018
It’s absolutely shameful what our media has become.
— Mike (@mikeforamerica1) January 12, 2018
— Justice4All (@KidsNeedJustice) January 12, 2018
I am speaking my truth. Don Lemon is a racist. You cant question me because this is my truth!! See how that works, Snowflakes.
— ★Gerilenn★ (@Gerilenn) January 12, 2018
Lemon….just please shut up
— Candice Englehardt (@CandiceEngleha1) January 12, 2018
@President1Trump Snowflakes are thankful for fresh meat to be offended over. Cry on, babies…
— Joyfull (@Annesmi92115101) January 12, 2018
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