CNN's Don Lemon calls on Biden to 'stand at a podium' in addressing violence

CNN anchor Don LemonDon Carlton LemonOfficer who responded to Capitol mob urges leaders to recognize 'courage' of law enforcement CNN's Jake Tapper questions giving some GOP leaders airtime CNN's Don Lemon blows up over Santorum remarks MORE on Thursday implored Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenAtlanta mayor won't run for reelection South Carolina governor to end pandemic unemployment benefits in June Airplane pollution set to soar with post-pandemic travel boom MORE to "stand at a podium in D.C." and "not in a Zoom thing in his house" to discuss increasing violence in some American cities.

"I think his message would be stronger if he stands in front of a podium, and not in a zoom thing at his house. I’m just being honest," Lemon said during a discussion with fellow CNN anchor Chris CuomoChris CuomoDOJ: Arizona recount could violate civil rights laws Haaland: Santorum's Native American comments 'unfortunate' CNN's Jake Tapper questions giving some GOP leaders airtime MORE

Cuomo responded by saying "presentation matters," prompting a response from Lemon.


"Presentation matters," he echoed. "To come out and stand at a podium in D.C., or wherever, even in Wisconsin, and say — listen, this is what I expected today if they were going to really come out and do the thing right, whether it was going to be Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHarris's uncle discusses COVID-19 surge in India: 'The conditions are pretty bad' Updating the aging infrastructure in Historically Black Colleges and Universities Bowser on Manchin's DC statehood stance: He's 'not right' MORE or Joe Biden: 'Good afternoon, everyone. The rioting has to stop. The violence has to stop. And under a Biden-Harris administration, there will be no lawlessness on the street.' "

The commentary from Lemon comes two nights after he said that Democrats "ignoring" riots and violence in some U.S. cities represents a "blind spot" for the party and called on Biden to address the problem because it is "sticking" in polling and focus groups, particularly after deadly violence in Kenosha, Wis., in response to the police shooting of Jacob Blake.

"The people who are out there rioting are not protected by the First Amendment. And they were usurping your power and all of the gains that you have made in your movement," Lemon added later on Thursday. "And it’s got to stop."

Biden has addressed the issue in a video message released on social media, saying that "needless violence won’t heal us."

"We need to end the violence — and peacefully come together to demand justice," the former vice president added.


President TrumpDonald TrumpVeteran accused in alleged border wall scheme faces new charges Arizona Republicans to brush off DOJ concern about election audit FEC drops investigation into Trump hush money payments 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 cities like Minneapolis, Seattle, Atlanta, New York, Chicago and Portland, Ore.

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