Still No Apologies From Don Lemon or CNN for Calling White Men Terrorists and Trump a “Racist Pig”
USA – November 6, 2018
The issue of race during the midterm elections has had temperatures rising on CNN over the two past weeks.
Last Monday, Cuomo Prime Time host Chris Cuomo and CNN host Don Lemon were discussing the recent shooting of two black men in a Kentucky grocery store. When citing the ethnicity of the suspects in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre and Kentucky shooting (both of which are being investigated as hate crimes) Lemon said on air:
"We have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right, and we have to start doing something about them."
“There is no travel ban on them,” Lemon said. “There is no ban on… you know, they had the Muslim ban. There is no ‘white guy ban.’ So what do we do about that?”
The privileged white male whose father was a Democratic Governor of New York Cuomo responded by telling Lemon he was “making the right point.”
Donald Trump Jr. tweeted the video captioned, “Amazing. I thought this was some sort of joke quote taken out of context but no... it’s just Don Lemon being a moron. Unfortunately this is how so many leftists actually think.
Imagine the outrage if you changed “white men” with any other demographic? Imagine the outrage if you changed ‘white men’ with any other demographic?”
Amazing. I thought this was some sort of joke quote taken out of context but no... it’s just Don Lemon being a moron. Unfortunately this is how so many leftists actually think.— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) October 31, 2018
Imagine the outrage if you changed “white men” with any other demographic? https://t.co/lLanLLRdy1
The same day, CNN anchor Jake Tapper didn’t push back when far-left GQ Magazine columnist Julia Ioffe declared that Trump “has radicalized so many more people than ISIS.”
Ioffe eventually apologized and was allowed to go back on CNN later in the evening, where she made another batch of controversial remarks. During a conversation about anti-Semitism and racism on CNN Tonight, Ioffe declared that Trump supporters condone heated rhetoric turning into hate.
“You can’t overestimate the power of the bully pulpit of a president. The things he says, and the things he doesn’t say and the ways in which he says them. The way in which he condemns racist, when you can see it’s so half-hearted. It’s like a kid being forced to do something,” Ioffe said. “It’s not just the freaks… it’s also, kind of, the silent majority of Trump supporters that think this is OK, that continue to support this president despite what he said.”
Instead of apologizing, the CNN anchor opted to revisit the issue on Wednesday after Trump said he would move to end birthright citizenship and doubled down with worse.
"Well, tonight I want to talk about some uncomfortable truths: the truth about who really carries out domestic terror attacks in this country," Lemon began, before reminding viewers of his original remarks. "I said that the biggest terror threat in this country comes from radicals on the far right, primarily white men. That angered some people. But let’s put emotion aside and look at the cold hard facts. The evidence is overwhelming," FOX News wrote.
On Sunday, November 4, Republican political commentator Ana Navarro on Cuomo Prime Time branded Trump a “racist” in a debate with fellow commentator Steve Cortes, who supports the president.
Navarro served as a strategist for former Republican Governor Jeb Bush of Florida and the late Republican Senator John McCain but has said she will vote for a Democrat for the first time this year in her state of Florida's gubernatorial race. She said Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum ran a positive campaign compared with the GOP’s “campaign run on fear-mongering, division, hostility, gloom and doom,” according to Newsweek.
“Well, I think he’s racist. He called Mexicans criminals and rapists. He called El Salvador and Haiti shitholes. Sign me up in the category of the people who think he’s racist. He has said so many racist things,” Navarro said.
Steve Cortes countered by saying: “You call him a racist when you don’t want to talk about policy.”
“He is a racist pig!” Navarro shouted before Cuomo brought the segment to a close, although Cortes did get the last word, by claiming that minorities were “thriving under his leadership.”
At the same time, as USA Really reported, in October Megyn Kelly was accused of being “white racist” for remarks she made on air about the costumes people wear on Halloween. She said:
“You truly do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface at Halloween or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween…”
Such a frank social observation cost her job as a host of Megyn Kelly Today, reputation and other things that matter. Kelly even had to apologize for these truly non-offensive and fair words, saying,
“I understand that we do need to be more sensitive in this day and age, particularly on race and ethnicity issues which, far from being healed, have been exacerbated in our politics over the past year. This is a time for more understanding, love, sensitivity and honor, and I want to be part of that.”
USA Really proposed to Ms. Kelly to reimburse all the legal costs associated with the trial she and her lawyer will bring against NBC.