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 ObamaRealClearPolitics editor says Trump needs to compromise on border to shift public opinion Obama ‘new blood’ remark has different meaning for Biden  Democratic dark horses could ride high in 2020 MORE in 2008 and was seen as a key figure in his victory over Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump boasts about checking gas prices while in motorcade: 'You think Hillary Clinton would've done that?' Harry Reid on Iraq War vote: 'It tainted my heart' New Hampshire is ‘must-win’ state for Warren, says veteran political reporter 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 TrumpHouse Freedom Caucus calls for Congress to work on shutdown through break Democrat previews Mueller questions for Trump’s AG nominee Trump inaugural committee spent ,000 on makeup for aides: report MORE in the 2016 presidential campaign. She also hosted a fundraiser for then-Newark Mayor Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerOvernight Health Care: House Dems launch major drug pricing investigation | Judge blocks Trump contraception rule rollback | Booker tries to shake doubts about pharmaceutical ties ahead of 2020 | FDA to resume high-risk food inspections Gillibrand to kickstart 2020 White House bid before weekend Iowa trip The Hill's Morning Report — Washington searches for answers as shutdown hits 24 days 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.