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CNN host Don Lemon ripped into supporters of President Donald Trump on Friday, accusing what amounts to tens of millions of Americans of having “cognitive dissonance” for supporting such a “bad person.”
As he has done in the past, Lemon also accused Trump’s supporters of being racists and hating women.
During a later segment of the episode, the pair discussed their views on why the president continues to get support from his base.
Cuomo claimed that Trump’s supporters will continue to back him just because they believe “Joe Biden will be worse,” adding they are willing to “forgive” the president for his alleged flaws rather than vote for a Democrat.
“I think you’re letting them off easy,” Lemon responded.
“I don’t believe that it’s just because they think Joe Biden would be worse. I think it’s because they like it, not [at] a certain level, on many levels. They like what he presents,” Lemon continued.
“They like the lies, one would have to. If you don’t like the lies, then you’re not a supporter. They like the shiny objects. They like the racism. They like the misogyny. They like all of it because if they didn’t, they wouldn’t support him,” he said.
“I actually think you’re letting them off easy because you’re telling me that someone you know is a liar, someone you know is a racist, someone that you know is a bigot, someone you know deceives, someone you can never believe the truth that comes out of their mouths, someone who downplays a deadly pandemic, someone who thinks it’s no big deal that 180,000 people have died,” the host went on.
“You’re telling me that the alternative is worse? What is worse than that? There is nothing worse than that! … There is no evidence that Joe Biden would be worse! There is no evidence that there would be lawlessness on the streets if Joe Biden was president. He’s not the president. This is happening on Donald Trump’s watch,” Lemon added.
Rioting and looting also occurred during President Barack Obama’s second term following police-involved shootings and other acts that resulted in the deaths of black men — when Biden was vice president.
At that, Lemon blasted Trump’s supporters.
“So there’s either a disconnect or cognitive dissonance going on where you have to believe that you made the right choice, because you just can’t somehow, in your mind, admit that you made the wrong choice, that this is a bad person, that he is a liar, that you overlook all of those things because of what?” Lemon said, before trashing the president’s supporters: ”Maybe you’re not digging deep enough in yourself. It’s not Donald Trump’s issue, it’s yours.”
“Maybe,” Cuomo responded.
“Not maybe,” Lemon fired back. “It is yours because you made the choice. You’re making the choice here and to go to the polls and to believe it.”
Lemon has a history of unhinged attacks on President Trump, while routinely ignoring similar behavior by President Obama.
As regards the 44th president’s honesty, critics have regularly noted that he was less than honest on a number of occasions, especially when it came to his signature healthcare law. He told Americans over and over again they could keep their doctors; that annual premiums would be reduced by $2,500; and that every American would be covered.
None of those things were true.
In addition, Obama claimed after the Edward Snowden scandal that the NSA did not spy on Americans; he was dishonest about the number of guns coming into the U.S. from Mexico; he falsely claimed that 90 percent of his budget deficit was due to his predecessor, George W. Bush; and he once claimed more black men were in prison than enrolled in colleges and universities, which was false.
But perhaps the biggest act of dishonesty — and disloyalty — came in the form of Obama’s sanctioning of spying on Trump’s 2016 campaign, which Lemon has discounted.
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