CNN’s Don Lemon showed his true colors Monday night as he interviewed Pastor Bill Owens, President of the Coalition of African-American Pastors, concerning President Trump’s so-called “attacks” on “leaders of color.”
Owens was on the show after he and other faith leaders of color visited the White House to talk with the President about how they can help communities of color. Lemon wasn’t concerned with that.
“Did anybody there raise concerns about what he's been saying lately about people like Elijah Cummings or anyone?” Lemon asked.
“Well, that was not the purpose of the meeting today,” Owens responded. “Today the meeting was how can we help the black community. That is my concern. That was the purpose of the meeting. That is the reason I came to Washington. That is my focus, helping our inner-city young people especially. Our children.”
Lemon aimed another attack after he mentioned the president’s tweet in which he stated he was “looking forward” to meeting with “wonderful Inner City Pastors.”
“Any concern for you that the president used this meeting with black leaders to insulate himself from the criticism?” Lemon asked.
"I don't think so," Rev. Owens replied. "I don't think that at all because I have been to the White House four times in five months. There was nothing about insulating from anything. He wanted to hear from us, what our concerns were and what he could do to help us."
Once Lemon realized the pastor wasn’t bending to his leftist tactics, the CNN journalist commentator switched gears quickly and began to attack the pastor because he holds traditional views on marriage. At same the time the chyron quickly changed (as if planned beforehand) from “POTUS meets with African American faith leaders in the wake of his attacks against leaders of color” to “controversial African American pastor meets with president,” absolutely showing the liberal network’s bias.
This is bad. Really really bad.pic.twitter.com/VmsGaYmo0y— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) August 2, 2019
“Pastor you’ve said some controversial things before,” Lemon said, basically hinting that his not condemning Trump was controversial. “In 2012 you equated President Obama’s support of same-sex marriage to supporting child molestation.”
“You later walked that back. But that in itself is an outrageous statement, why should anyone take you seriously?” he asked trying to discredit Owens.
“I’ve never said that,” Owens responded adamantly. “If I did, find it.”
After failing to get the pastor to submit, Lemon went back to his race-baiting tactics:
“So I know it's hard for you, you think it's hard to believe that Trump is racist,” Lemon said. “But he's repeatedly used racially charged language. He consistently attacks black and brown elected leaders. So, why is that hard to believe? Pastor?”
“I find President Trump [attacks] leaders of all colors. He attacks who he will. He's his own man,” Owens said. “I can't dictate what he should or shouldn't do. But he does not just attack black people. He attacks anybody. And you know it.”
Lemon’s attacks on Owens character and the condescending way he spoke to him show his incapability of doing his job without showing a deep inappropriate bias. With that said, I’m glad Pastor Bill Owens held his own and didn’t back down to a race-baiting man who claims to be a journalist.