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Clash Poll: Is Trump A Racist For Calling Don Lemon ‘The Dumbest Man On TV?’

By: K. Walker

ClashDaily Associate Editor

The President called Don Lemon the ‘dumbest man on TV’ and the CNN host is hitting back with an accusation of racism. Here’s the 411…

Recently, Don Lemon conducted an interview with well-known anti-Trumper and NBA superstar, LeBron James, about the opening of the I Promise school for underprivileged children in Akron, Ohio. During the interview, the subject of racism inevitably came up, as did the President’s alleged divisiveness.

CNN’s outdated slogan, ‘The Most Trusted Name In News’, goes right out the window in this interview, and Don Lemon blames that on President Trump.

Here is what President Trump tweeted after the much-touted interview:

Lemon lays out his case for the ‘Trump is a racist’ trope in his response to the President:


Don Lemon railing against identity politics while defending identity politics is pretty rich — and dumb.

And by the way, that video that was aired on CNN Tonight was selectively edited to cut out the leading question by Lemon.

From the full interview that was originally aired:

JAMES: We’re in a position now in America, more importantly, where this whole race thing is taken over. You know because… One, because I believe our President is kinda trying to divide us. Um, but I think —

LEMON: Kinda? (laughs)

JAMES: Yeah, is. Is. No, I don’t wanna say ‘kinda’. He’s dividing us and what I’ve noticed in the last few months is that he’s using sport to kind of divide us. That’s something that I can’t relate to, because I know that sport was the first time I was ever around someone white.

So, Lemon took out the part where he was inserting himself to give the ‘right’ answer to LeBron James. In the video above, Don Lemon calls himself a part of ‘the media’. Is it the work of a ‘journalist’ to shape the story?

Watch the FULL interview here:

Also note the disgraced journalist, Dan Rather, that comes to Lemon’s defense. Rather literally destroyed his career by reporting that George W. Bush was AWOL from the National Guard in the 1970s using documents that could not be verified as authentic. He has stood by his reporting on this story since it aired on 60 Minutes in 2004.

Lemon claims that Trump is racist for saying that multiple black people aren’t smart. Lemon also admits that President Trump has said this of non-black people as well, but it’s a sign of racism anyway.

Lemon literally said, ‘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.

So, in a world where you can’t be racist to white people, and posting hundreds of anti-white tweets gets you a job on the Editorial Board of the New York Times, calling someone black ‘dumb’ or saying that they have a ‘low IQ’ is racist?

What happens if the individual actually does have a low IQ?

Let’s examine who President Trump called dumb…

  1. LeBron James. Look, ‘King’ James is a fantastic ballplayer, a humanitarian that is helping underprivileged kids, and obviously pretty good at marketing. But dang it, the man is certainly no Mensa member. I’m not even talking about his fluency in and preference for speaking African American Vernacular English (AAVE), but it’s what he talks about and how he reasons. There’s just no denying that if he weren’t great at basketball, we’d never have heard of LeBron James.
  2. Maxine Waters. Really? Do I seriously have to defend calling Maxine Waters a ‘low IQ individual’? She’s obviously corrupt, as her brand-spanking-new FEC investigation reveals.  But listen to her speak for 2 minutes and it’s clear that the elevator doesn’t go to the top floor. She’s shouting impeachment simply because she doesn’t like the president. She’s discussed harassing Trump administration officials in their daily lives. She’s said that God called her to resist the President. If she weren’t an elected official she’d likely have one of those nice white jackets with really long sleeves that fasten in the back — (do they still use those?). She’s nuttier than a granola bar.
  3. Don Lemon. He’s gone on the air drunk and made an ass of himself on live television. Of course, he’s done that many a time while sober. He’s convinced that there is systemic racism in America, and like many progressives, that America isn’t a great country. In 2014, the Columbia Journalism Review gave him multiple DARTs (their cringe award) for horrible reporting.

Here’s an excerpt from their story:

As one of the most recognizable anchors on CNN, Don Lemon has helped lead the cable network’s coverage of the biggest stories of the year. Live television is exceedingly difficult to produce, of course, but Lemon’s gaffes this year offer a case study in how to choose words wisely — or not.

On March 20, he asked guests whether Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 could have been swallowed by a black hole: “I know it’s preposterous, but is it preposterous?” He later compared spanking children to training dogs and probed similarities between the release of US Army POW Bowe Bergdahl and the Showtime series Homeland. When an alleged Bill Cosby rape victim appeared on his show on Nov. 18, he lectured, “You know, there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn’t want to do it…Meaning the use of teeth, right?” Less than a week later, as protests turned violent in Ferguson, MO, he described the scene: “Obviously, there’s a smell of marijuana in the air.” Lemon’s job isn’t easy. But he’s earned a DART for going there. Obviously.

Source: Columbia Journalism Review

Now, I’m not saying that it’s ok to go around and call people stupid, it’s kind of rude, actually. It’s wrong to make fun of someone or be prejudiced against someone for things that they cannot change. Don Lemon has been an anchor at CNN for almost 12 years and he’s still the same dullard that he was when he first came on air. His ‘hot takes’ on the issues are typical of the ones cited by the Columbia Journalism Review.

If it’s wrong to mock someone because of their race, then it’s also wrong to mock them for their intellectual deficiencies.

I will, however, point out one thing —

The dumbest thing about Don Lemon is that he doesn’t even realize how dumb he actually is. There is no humility, there is no acknowledgment when he is wrong, and Lemon views just about everything through a racial lens as illustrated beautifully in his statement about the President’s tweet.

I wonder what he thinks of what Candace Owens just endured when going out to breakfast…

Interestingly, Don Lemon implied that Kanye is an idiot for supporting Trump — is that racist:

What do you think? Is it racist to call Don Lemon dumb, or does he deserve it?

Don Lemon fits in perfectly at CNN.

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K. Walker

ClashDaily's Associate Editor since August 2016. Self-described political junkie, anti-Third Wave Feminist, and a nightmare to the 'intersectional' crowd. Mrs. Walker has taken a stand against 'white privilege' education in public schools. She's also an amateur Playwright, former Drama teacher, and staunch defender of the Oxford comma. Follow her humble musings on Twitter: @TheMrsKnowItAll and on Gettr @KarenWalker

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