CNN host Don Lemon typically delivers a calm rebuke of racism, but this week they pushed him too far.
After a confluence of racism this week, Lemon unleashed a flurry of fact-checks and accountability for Republican officials who took their words a little too far.
In one case, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), the only Black Republican in the U.S. Senate, said that "woke-supremacy" was just as bad as "white supremacy."
"Do you want to explain who these woke supremacists are?" Lemon asked. "Because I looked really carefully and I didn't -- hang on before we go with the video, I haven't seen any woke supremacists. I never saw -- I've never seen a woke supremacist lynching anybody. Never saw a woke supremacist denying anybody access to housing or a job or education or voting rights. Never seen any woke supremacists enslaving anybody. Never saw any woke supremacists trying to keep people from marrying amongst different races. Come on, Tim Scott! I didn't see any woke supremacists storming the blanking Capitol. Where are the woke supremacists attacking Capitol Police? Where are the woke supremacists hunting people in the halls of the Capitol and beating them with blue lives matter signs with white supremacist insignia on their shirts? Guess who I saw. Guess who police officers were beaten by? Guess who wanted to hang the vice president? White supremacists, Tim Scott! What are you doing! The only Black Republican with a white supremacist carrying the confederate battle flag in the nation's Capitol, Tim Scott. Tim! Tim, I have to -- I know you don't want me to yell, but this is -- this is ridiculous. You are gaslighting people. You are giving people misinformation. What are you doing, brother? What are you doing? What are you doing? You're not helping."
Lemon also called out Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-WI) for his claim this week that Black Lives Matter doesn't like "families." It's obviously in stark contrast to the message of Black Lives Matter, which is all about not shooting people's fathers, brothers, children and family members.
Grothman talked about "old-fashioned families," and Lemon wondered what he meant. What's the difference between an old fashion family and a new fashion family?
"He thinks he can just throw it in as an aside about Black Lives Matter, like nothing, the old fashioned family. What does old fashioned mean? Huh? What does old-fashioned mean? What does that mean? Someone ask him that? Insulting millions and millions of Black families."
He showed Rep. Stacey Plaskett (D-VI) unleashing on her racist colleague, specifically citing some of the things she's "heard come out of your mouth on the Oversight Committee."
"It is outrageous," said Lemon in agreement. "And again, if I have to say this every single night of my life while I'm here, I will. You need to know the history of this country. Do you know how many Black families were separated during slavery? I've had my ancestry done twice. It is so hard to even find records that go back even two generations sometimes because what? The intentional separation of Black families, and no records. You know why? They were considered property. So, it's -- God! Ugh! It just angers me sometimes that people can be so ignorant."
He went on to call out Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) who went off on an irrational rant calling stimulus dollars to Black farmers "reparations." If they were really reparations, they'd have to be much larger.
See Lemon's takedown below:
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