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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.”

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

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“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.

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

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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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The United States is stuck in a real-time dystopian nightmare that is all too real.

The coronavirus pandemic continues to spread across the country with more than 130,000 Americans killed by the disease. The country is led by a neofascist regime that is actively trying to hurt its citizens through willful neglect and malevolence. The United States is in the midst of an economic collapse which will rival if not surpass the Great Depression. Yet, the very richest Americans are profiting from the economic chaos and human pain and overall destruction caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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More than five million residents of Melbourne will be locked down for six weeks after coronavirus cases surged in Australia's second-biggest city, authorities announced Tuesday.

State Premier Daniel Andrews said the lockdown would begin at midnight Wednesday and last at least six weeks, as he warned residents "we can't pretend" the coronavirus crisis is over.

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Asian markets mostly fell Tuesday as traders took a step back after their latest rally, with a run of upbeat economic data offset by fears over a spike in new virus infections.

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There was also some trepidation on trading floors after Donald Trump's top infectious diseases expert warned the US was still "knee-deep" in its first wave of coronavirus infections.

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