Don Lemon lectures you’re not allowed to call anyone who is black ‘dumb’ in America. That settles that.

CNN’s Don Lemon slammed President Donald Trump in a nearly 10-minute monologue addressing the “nasty hateful swipe” he said was directed at him.

Lemon kicked off his show Monday saying that “as a journalist” he does not like to be the subject of the story, but felt compelled to “stand up for what is right” by discussing how he felt after Trump called him the  “dumbest man on television.”

“I just want to start by saying that I wouldn’t normally address this. As a journalist I don’t really like being the story here but because how important it is for each of us to stand up for what is right and what is decent I’m going to tell you exactly how I feel starting right now,” Lemon began.

He was referring to the president’s tweet last week aimed at NBA superstar LeBron James who was interviewed by Lemon.

“He is not taking any time off from Twitter and apparently from watching me on CNN, which he denies, by the way. I know this because he has tweeted a nasty, hateful swipe at me and Lebron James we’ve been discussing here,” Lemon continued.

Claiming he has “thick skin” and calling James “a brilliant black man” who is “taking the  high road,” the CNN host took his logic to another level.

“Since this president, since he spews so many insults so often, the president has called a lot of people stupid, some of those people are white. But I would just like to note referring to African-Americans as dumb — remember this is America,” Lemon argued. “Referring to African-Americans as dumb is one of the oldest canards of America’s racist past and present that black people are of inferior intelligence.”

Continuing his rant and focus on himself, Lemon presented tweets by “everyone and anyone” in the country who reacted to Trump’s remark from Dan Rather, Barbra Streisand and CNN commentator Keith Boykin.

“Notice a pattern? This president constantly denigrates people of color and women too,” Lemon declared, citing Rep. Maxine Waters as Trump’s “new favorite target.”

“This president traffics in racism and is fueled by bullying,” Lemon continued. “President Trump is trying a divide and conquer strategy here and here’s how it goes. He divides by race and tries to conquer decency by smearing and besmirching the truth and the people who fight to uphold it.”

He then welcomed a panel that continued beating the drum of racism.

For someone who claimed he didn’t like “being the story,” Lemon seemed to fill plenty of airtime doing just that. His assertion that it was racist of the president to call an African American person “dumb” drew plenty of criticism on Twitter.


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