CNN's Don Lemon reveals political affiliation

CNN's Don Lemon reveals political affiliation
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CNN anchor Don Lemon on Friday said he was "sick of political parties," revealing that he has "been an independent for a long time."

Lemon made the remarks while discussing Oprah Winfrey's campaign speech this week for Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams (D) with CNN host Chris Cuomo.

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“I love the spirit of Oprah's speech today, who is an independent. She's sick of political parties like me,” Lemon said. “I’ve been an independent for a long time. Don't I own my own mind and my own vote? And don't tell me who to vote for.”

Lemon added that he had already voted in this year's election.

"I vote, by the way. I just voted, I did it because we’re going to be Tuesday night in D.C., so I sent it my ballot yesterday," he added.

Oprah on Thursday stumped for Abrams, telling a cheering crowd that their votes will not be "denied" amid allegations of voter suppression in the state led by Republicans. She later went door-to-door to campaign for Abrams in Georgia.

Oprah also campaigned for then-candidate Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaAssange hit with 17 new charges, including Espionage Act violations Progressive commentator says Obama was delusional thinking he could work with Republicans Obama makes surprise visit to Washington Nationals youth baseball program MORE in 2008 and was seen as a key figure in his victory over Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFrustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' Poll: Nearly half of Clinton's former supporters back Biden Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign MORE for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.

The legendary former talk show host, whose credits include a best supporting actress nomination for "The Color Purple," has supported several Democratic candidates, including backing Hillary Clinton against Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' MORE in the 2016 presidential campaign. She also hosted a fundraiser for then-Newark Mayor Cory BookerCory Anthony Booker2020 hopeful John Delaney unveils T climate plan Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign T.I., Charlamagne Tha God advocate for opportunity zones on Capitol Hill MORE to help launch his successful New Jersey Senate bid in 2013.

Lemon, 52, made headlines in recent days for his claim that "the biggest terror threat in this country is white men," while adding that "there is no travel ban on them" in an exchange with Cuomo earlier this week. The exchange prompted heavy criticism, mostly from conservatives on social media.