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 ObamaButtigieg tweeted support for 'Medicare for All' in 2018 Brent Budowsky: To Bush and Obama — speak out on Trump Graham on Syria: Trump appears 'hell-bent' on repeating Obama's mistakes in Iraq MORE in 2008 and was seen as a key figure in his victory over Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP warns Graham letter to Pelosi on impeachment could 'backfire' Hillary Clinton praises former administration officials who testified before House as 'gutsy women' Third-quarter fundraising sets Sanders, Warren, Buttigieg apart 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 TrumpGOP congressman slams Trump over report that U.S. bombed former anti-ISIS coalition headquarters US to restore 'targeted assistance' to Central American countries after migration deal Trump says lawmakers should censure Schiff MORE in the 2016 presidential campaign. She also hosted a fundraiser for then-Newark Mayor Cory BookerCory Anthony Booker2020 Democrats recognize Pronouns Day Third-quarter fundraising sets Sanders, Warren, Buttigieg apart The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump seeks distance from Syria crisis 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.