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Don Lemon shuts down conservative panelist: ‘I’ll be damned if I’m going to let you sit here and insult me’

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Don Lemon with talk radio host John Fredericks

“Well, Don, it’s not about race as you like to make it,” talk radio host John Fredericks started off saying in a panel discussion on Thursday’s Don Lemon show. “That’s easy and lazy. It’s about economics.”

The panel was attempting to have a nuanced conversation about President Donald Trump’s comments that he didn’t want immigrants coming to America from “sh*thole countries” like Haiti and countries in Africa.

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Fellow panelist Rick Wilson audibly gasped, his chin falling open in shock.

Lemon paused and noted that he was simply giving Fredericks “his time,” before shutting him down.

“You know, you called on me so let me finish,” Fredericks said with righteous indignation.

“You know what, you know what, John Fredericks,” Lemon cut in. “John, until that last comment.”

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“Are you going to cut me off?” Fredericks said talking over the host.

“Yeah, we’re going to cut you off,” Lemon gestured to the control booth and asked that the panelist be cut from the broadcast. “First of all, I was going to let him speak until you doubly insulted me. I don’t even need to respond to the lazy comment. I laid it all out in the thing. We can have this conversation and we don’t need someone who’s going to make excuses for racism.”

Lemon then turned to speak to Charles Blow. Several moments later, Fredericks was back but Lemon was demanding an apology.

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“I’ll be damned if I’m going to let you sit here and insult me,” Lemon said.

When he came back, Fredericks still refused to be polite and the conversation devolved into another argument.

Watch the full discussion below:

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‘Vladimir Putin has something on Donald Trump’: Ambassador Sherman says the Kremlin must have kompromat

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Former Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman concluded on Monday that Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin must have "something" on President Donald Trump.

"The latest reporting from The New York Times indicates that the thousands of troops that we have there, that the president moved, are now trapped. They don’t have an actual way out since Turkey has cut off the roads and the exit routes that they might use and so now there is the question of will there be an airlift? How will we get the U.S. troops out?" MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell asked.

"We haven’t had to get troops out like this since the fall of Saigon," Sherman replied. "This is going to be very, very difficult."

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Mick Mulvaney implicated by Trump official who testified before Congress on Monday: report

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Acting White House chief of staff MicK Mulvaney was implicated by a former top National Security Council official during nine-hours of congressional testimony, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

The newspaper reported, "In her testimony, she detailed a July 10 meeting she attended with senior Ukrainian officials, then-National Security Adviser John Bolton, and other U.S. officials in which the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, raised the issue of the investigations, the people said."

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Conservative pundit blasts Mattis for not speaking candidly about Trump: He ‘is not a moral hero — he is enabling the criminal to escape’

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When former Defense Secretary James Mattis announced his resignation in December 2018, many Never Trump conservatives lamented the departure of someone they saw as a voice of reason and sanity in the Trump Administration. Those Never Trumpers were anxious to hear what a post-White House Mattis had to say in an interview with NBC News’ Chuck Todd that aired on “Meet the Press” Sunday. But conservative Washington Post writer and Trump critic Jennifer Rubin, in her October 14 column, stresses that she wishes Mattis were speaking more “candidly” and frankly about his time in the White House and President Donald Trump’s foreign policy decisions.

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