If you voted for Donald Trump more than two solid years ago, CNN’s Don Lemon wants you to know that you might not be a racist -- but that you certainly “overlooked racism” that is “deadly to people like me.”
In an effort to link the 63 million Americans who voted for Trump in 2016 to Iowa Rep. Steve King's racially charged statements on white supremacy less than a week ago, Lemon accused all Trump voters of turning a blind eye to open racism.
“You may not think you are a racist," Lemon said during an exchange with fellow CNN anchor Chris Cuomo Tuesday night. "I don't know if you are. I don’t think every Trump supporter’s a racist, but you certainly had to overlook racism and bigotry in order to make that decision. You made that decision in the voting booth.”
“And now, even after all of this, if you still can support this person, why the hell are you overlooking racism so much?" he went on. "It's personal, even deadly to people like me.”
CNN's Don Lemon: “You may not think you are a racist…I don’t think every Trump supporter’s a racist, but you certainly had to overlook racism”— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) January 16, 2019
“If you still...can support this person, why the hell are you overlooking racism so much? It's personal, even deadly to people like me” pic.twitter.com/EQ73RADRRn
Interestingly, neither Lemon nor Cuomo have yet to give a single example of Trump targeting or discriminating against anyone based on their race. While the president’s travel ban seeks to limit visitors or immigrants from countries that pose security threats to the U.S., and his border enforcement proposals are an attempt to limit illegal migration and drug smuggling, neither of those supposedly “racist” policies single out groups of people based on their color or ethnicity. Nor has Trump’s election, presidency or policy proposals led to the death of a single person, including blacks.
In fact, unemployment among blacks and Hispanics has reached historic lows under Trump's presidency -- facts you probably won't hear on CNN anytime soon.
But don’t let facts get in the way of your personal narrative there, Don. After all, in the age of “your truth,” I suppose you can believe whatever you want – even if it’s the farthest thing from correct.