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 ObamaLGBTQ advocates slam Buttigieg for past history with Salvation Army Jayapal pushes back on Gaetz's questioning of impeachment witness donations to Democrats Gaetz clashes with Stanford professor: 'It makes you look mean' MORE in 2008 and was seen as a key figure in his victory over Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThree legal scholars say Trump should be impeached; one thinks otherwise Report: Barr attorney can't provide evidence Trump was set up by DOJ Jayapal pushes back on Gaetz's questioning of impeachment witness donations to Democrats 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 TrumpStates slashed 4,400 environmental agency jobs in past decade: study Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Iran building hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq: report MORE in the 2016 presidential campaign. She also hosted a fundraiser for then-Newark Mayor Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerLGBTQ advocates slam Buttigieg for past history with Salvation Army Harris posts video asking baby if she'll run for president one day Krystal Ball: What Harris's exit means for the other 2020 candidates 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.