CNN’s Don Lemon: Anyone supporting Trump ‘complicit’ in racism
CNN’s Don Lemon lashed out at President Trump and his supporters on Wednesday morning, saying people who support him are “complicit” in racism.
Trump’s remarks on last weekend’s Charlottesville, Va., white supremacist rally were “disgusting” and “un-American,” Lemon said on CNN’s “New Day.”
Lemon argued that there is no defense for Trump supporters who defend the president’s recent comments on the the violence in Charlottesville. Trump condemned violence shown on “many sides” at the Saturday rally, at which one person died and dozens more injured when a man attending the white supremacist rally drove his car into a group of counterprotesters.
Lemon declared that all Americans have a responsibility to speak out against Trump’s remarks, which he called “racist.”
“Anyone who is an American who believes in this country should be speaking out against this person and saying that it is wrong for him to do this,” he said of the president.
“And anyone who was in that White House and is supporting him is complicit in their racism as well,” he continued.
But he added that no one should be surprised by Trump’s comments, as they follow a pattern that Trump has demonstrated for “decades.”
“We know now why he was so obsessed with Barack Obama,” Lemon said, referencing Trump’s yearslong promotion of the conspiracy theory that the former president was not born in the U.S. “Barack Obama was a black president. Maybe he didn’t think he was fit to be in office.”