CNN anchor Don Lemon asserted on Monday that former President Trump’s supporters are “not playing with reality” and should face “consequences” for damaging our democracy by believing he won in the 2020 presidential election.
“There is one political party in this country that is working on reality, and that is the Democratic Party. But even in that, they’re not governing very well at the moment. They are not performing the duty of being good politicians in the moment. They don’t see the urgency of what is happening across the country with voting rights, the urgency of what is happening with the big lie,” Lemon stated referring to the fact that many believe that Trump actually won the election.
“They are still operating on thinking that ‘Oh, everything is normal. You know, we’ve got to play politics, as usual.’ It’s not politics as usual. What is happening on the right is not politics as usual. What is happening on the right is not right. It’s wrong. They should pay the consequences for what they’re doing to our democracy, the damage they’re doing to our democracy, and the damage they’re doing to this republic,” he proclaimed.
“We listen to the fringes too much. The fringes have the loudest voices. The fringes all the way on the right have the loudest voices. The people who are not, you know, playing with reality, the Trumpers, we listen to them too much,” Lemon contended after stating that we should be listening to the “radical middle” instead.
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“I’m telling you, if you’re Republican and you care about what is happening in this country, you need to get on the Democrat side to get your party in order. That is the only way to fix it,” he continued.
This is nothing new for Lemon. He is a longtime basher of Trump and his supporters.
In August of 2020, he went on a rant against them that was filled with leftist smears and dog whistles. Lemon’s latest disparaging remarks are simply a post-Trump ratcheting up of his previous rhetoric.
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“I think you’re letting them off easy,” Lemon responded to CNN host Chris Cuomo. “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. 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.”
Lemon added: “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. 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.”
“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 asked attempting to denigrate Trump supporters. “Maybe you’re not digging deep enough in yourself. It’s not Donald Trump’s issue, it’s yours.”
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