CNN’s Don Lemon is widely known for his tendency to editorialize like a character in one of Aaron Sorkin’s political dramas.
But even a broken clock is right twice a day.
In an exchange last night with fellow CNN host Chris Cuomo, Lemon — speaking from his experience as a black man — had a clear warning for rioters.
As RealClearPolitics reports:
“I’m going to say this and I know people don’t like it. Most black people don’t want police defunded. They don’t want fewer police there. What they want, they want more. And most communities of color in this country need police. They may need police more than white communities, okay?”
“There’s more crime,” CNN’s Chris Cuomo chimed in.
“Because there is more crime,” Lemon said. “Poor communities. There’s more crime in poorer communities regardless of what ethnicity you are. And African-Americans — most African-Americans know that. The fringes of the party want that. But most people in the Democratic party don’t want that. What they don’t want and what African-Americans don’t want, police abusing people.”
“One has to realize when you’re losing an ally and you’re starting to turn people off, whether it’s real or not you have to figure out how to fix it,” Lemon said. “The goal in politics and an election is to do what?”
Cuomo correctly answered that the goal is to win.
The hosts’ exchange coincided with more violence out of Kenosha, Wisconsin. An armed citizen defending a business shot and killed a rioter last night, before fleeing the scene to surrender to police. Several pursuers chased him almost all the way. He fired back after being knocked to the ground, killing one and wounding another, before reaching police lines.
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A crowd chases a suspected shooter down in Kenosha. He trips and falls, then turns with the gun and fires several times. Shots can be heard fired elsewhere as well, corroborating reports of multiple shooters tonight #Kenosha #KenoshaRiots pic.twitter.com/qqsYWmngFW
— Brendan Gutenschwager (@BGOnTheScene) August 26, 2020