Among the flurry of reactions to a vulgar term reportedly used by President Donald Trump when referencing immigrants from certain countries, the response from CNN’s Don Lemon’s went viral.
The anchor lashed out at Trump in a Thursday night broadcast in reaction to reports of Trump’s comments at a cabinet meeting where he discussed immigration from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries. “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump reportedly asked, according to the Washington Post. Trump then reportedly suggested that the U.S. instead lure immigrants from Norway and Asia.
Keeping his on-air cool, but evidently seething, Lemon, whose news organization has come under persistent accusations of “fake news” from Trump, let fly with this:
‘How many examples do you need of this? He is a racist.’
Don Lemon, CNN
Lemon said he has been trying to tell listeners for years about racist behavior by President Trump, and he also laid into those who, he said, continue to excuse the behavior.
”And for all of you who have over the last few years have uttered that tired, lazy, uniformed, uneducated, ignorant response of calling me and others who point out racist behavior racist? You know what you can go do?” said Lemon, who then, after a pause, said, “I can’t say that.”
Go read a history book, he said because “you might learn that people from some of those ‘shithole’ countries were slaves who were brought here by force to help build this country, and then start your learning process from there,” he said.
The interview has been shared thousands of times across social media. Watch it in full here:
Also Thursday night on CNN, Anderson Cooper had this to say about Trump’s reported comments: “Let me be clear, the people of Haiti have been through more, withstood more, fought back against more injustice than our president ever has.”
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360)
On Twitter early Friday, Trump said the “language used by me at DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used.”
The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)