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CNN's Lemon warns of Democratic 'blind spot' on 'riots': 'It shows up in the polling'

CNN's Don LemonDon Carlton LemonDC officer who protected Capitol says Republican rep refused to shake hands Club for Growth bashes CNN in social media ad CNN ramps up streaming plans ahead of Discovery merger: report MORE said Tuesday night that Democrats "ignoring" riots in some U.S. cities represents a "blind spot" for the party, and called on Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe Biden 64 percent of Iowans say 'time for someone else' to hold Grassley's Senate seat: poll Philadelphia shooting leaves 2 dead, injures toddler Ron Johnson booed at Juneteenth celebration in Wisconsin MORE to address the problem because it is "sticking" in polling and focus groups.

The perspective comes after deadly violence continued in Kenosha, Wis., with three shot and two dead amid rioting following the police shooting of Jacob Blake.

Lemon called Kenosha a “Rorschach test for the entire country" during his handoff with 9 p.m. anchor Chris CuomoChris CuomoCNN insults #MeToo movement, provides happy ending for Jeffrey Toobin Club for Growth bashes CNN in social media ad The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Citizens' Climate Lobby - Biden, Capito meet today as deadline looms MORE.

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“It’s showing up in the polling. It’s showing up in focus groups. It is the only thing right now that is sticking,” Lemon said ahead of "CNN Tonight" on Tuesday. “The riots and the protests have become indistinguishable."

“I think this is a blind spot for Democrats. I think Democrats are ignoring this problem or hoping that it will go away, and it’s not going to go away,” he added before arguing the violence needs to be addressed by Biden before the election.

“The problem is not going to be fixed by [Election Day],” said Lemon. “But what they can do, and I think maybe Joe Biden may be afraid to do it … he’s got to address it. He’s got to come out and talk about it.”

“And they’re rioters, not protesters. They’re criminals,” he added.

President TrumpDonald TrumpHead of firms that pushed 'Italygate' theory falsely claimed VA mansion was her home: report Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting VA moving to cover gender affirmation surgery through department health care MORE has positioned himself as a law-and-order candidate in an attempt to draw a contrast with Biden, often pointing to violent protests in Democratic-led cities such as Minneapolis, Seattle, Portland, Atlanta, New York, Chicago.

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"I STAND FOR LAW AND ORDER AND I TOOK ACTION!" Trump tweeted Thursday evening, during the Democratic National Convention, adding that "Sleepy Joe Biden and the Radical Left excuses violence and crime in their Democrat-run cities."

Biden has come out publicly against looting and rioting. In June, following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, he delivered remarks condemning Floyd's death and the behavior of some police while also saying, "There is no place for violence."

"No place for looting or destroying property or burning churches or destroying businesses — many of them built by people of color who for the first time were beginning to realize their dreams and build wealth for their families," Biden said during a speech in Philadelphia.