Don Lemon to his critics: Sorry, not sorry.
It all started earlier this week when the CNN host set off a social-media firestorm during a conversation with Chris Cuomo in which he said this:
‘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.’
As “The Daily Wire” put it, that’s Lemon “turning down the rhetoric” like:
The comments were made Monday as the two were discussing the Pittsburgh shooting, as well as the recent murder of two black men in Kentucky.
“There is no travel ban on them,” Lemon said during the handoff between shows. “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?”
Watch the clip:
His comments didn’t sit well with many notable white men, including Donald Trump Jr., who called Lemon a “moron” in this tweet Wednesday morning:
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? https://t.co/lLanLLRdy1
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) October 31, 2018
Jr. wasn’t the only recognizable voice from the right sounding off:
I could hardly believe he actually said that, but the video shows he certainly did. Remarkable. https://t.co/6x6YMoDVkV
— Brit Hume (@brithume) October 31, 2018
— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) October 31, 2018
CNN’s Don Lemon has now removed all doubt that he is a racist, hypocrite and idiot all rolled into one. Quite the accomplishment.
— Gregg Jarrett (@GreggJarrett) October 31, 2018
Even social-media website Gab.com, which has found its way into the newsflow lately, offered up its thoughts:
The backlash just continued to build as days went by… with only a smattering of support here and there:
Wondering if u agree @brithume that @donlemon is a very nice fellow and competent professional who sometimes gets carried away and says a really dumb thing, but that the really dumb things ought not to define the professional unless it is a feature and not a bug (and a bug w/Don) https://t.co/TtMVwAP5WC
— Hugh Hewitt (@hughhewitt) October 31, 2018
Then, on Wednesday night, Lemon finally responded.
“Earlier this week, I made some comments about that in a conversation with Chris,” he explained. “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.”
He cited, among other data points, a recent report from the Government Accountability Office showing that, since the 9/11 attacks in 2001, far-right violent extremists have killed 106 people in 62 attacks across the country, while radical Islamist extremists have killed 119 people in 23 attacks.
“So people who were angered about what I said are missing the entire point,” Lemon said. “We don’t need to worry about people who are thousands of miles away. The biggest threats are homegrown. The facts prove that.”
Watch the clip:
"Let's put emotion aside, and look at the cold, hard facts. The evidence is overwhelming."@DonLemon presents the facts on domestic terrorism.#DonsTakehttps://t.co/PpH9t4Trvp pic.twitter.com/v3qDglsLaL
— CNN Tonight (@CNNTonight) November 1, 2018