CNN personality Don Lemon ignited controversy Tuesday when he said the real threat in the U.S. comes from White men.
Lemon was on Cuomo Primetime when he called for people to stop demeaning groups over terrorism fears, according to AOL.com.
“We have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is White men, most of them radicalized to the right, and we have to start doing something about them,” Lemon said when talking about the recent shooting at Kroger supermarket in Kentucky that left two Black people dead. “There is no travel ban on them … they had the Muslim ban. There is no ‘White guy ban.’ So what do we do about that?”
Lemon said people need to ignore news of the migrant caravan making its way through Mexico toward the U.S., which has been a major talking point of President Donald Trump in the weeks leading up to the midterm elections.
“I keep trying to point out to people not to demonize any one group or any one ethnicity, but we keep thinking that the biggest terror threat is something else,” he said.
Fox News’ Gregg Jarrett blasted Lemon on Twitter on Wednesday, calling Lemon a racist for his remarks.
“CNN’s Don Lemon has now removed all doubt that he is a racist, hypocrite and idiot all rolled into one,” he wrote.
CNN’s Don Lemon has now removed all doubt that he is a racist, hypocrite and idiot all rolled into one. Quite the accomplishment.
— Gregg Jarrett (@GreggJarrett) October 31, 2018
On CNN Tonight with Don Lemon on Wednesday, Lemon said that people were “missing the entire point,” according to Newsweek.
He said his comments “angered people, but let’s put that emotion aside and look at the cold, hard facts. The evidence is overwhelming,” Lemon said. “A recent report from the Government Accountability Office shows that.”
“Even though more people died in attacks connected to Islamic extremists, the vast majority of deadly attacks in this country from 2001 to 2016 were carried out by far-right violent extremists,” he added. “We don’t need to worry about people who are thousands of miles away. The biggest threats are homegrown. The facts prove that.”
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Teddy is a multimedia journalist who serves as the culture and political writer for EBONY. His work has appeared in NBC's Owned and Operated stations, as well as DNAInfo, which covered local neighborhood news in New York City. He received his Masters in Journalism from the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY in 2017.