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CNN's Don Lemon: 'Blow up the entire system' remark taken out of context

CNN's Don LemonDon Carlton LemonClub for Growth bashes CNN in social media ad CNN ramps up streaming plans ahead of Discovery merger: report Second person arrested in assault of Jewish man near Times Square MORE attempted to clarify his remarks about "blow[ing] up the entire system" as it pertains to the Electoral College, with the host saying Tuesday night he was taken out of context.

"I woke up and I saw all of these headlines, 'Don Lemon is calling for the abolishing of the Electoral College!' But I was responding to you when you said we need people with integrity!" Lemon exclaimed during a handoff with host 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. "I was responding to you when you said we want people with integrity in office and I said, 'Well, then we've got to blow up the whole system, right?' And I said here's what Democrats can do and that's the danger: they can stack the court."

"But all of a sudden, I am calling for the abolishing of the Electoral College," Lemon continued. "And that I'm a Democrat, because I said 'we.' I mean the American people!"

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"Run and tell this: I do think that we need to look at the Electoral College because I think it disenfranchises voters, both Democrats and Republicans," Lemon later added. "If you're in a blue state and all of the electoral votes go to the Democratic person, then the Republicans' votes aren't counted, the people who voted for the Republican candidate."

"So I do think it should be looked at because I think it does disenfranchise certain people," he concluded. "Should it be abolished? It's not for me to say. I'm saying this is what Democrats are saying; stack the courts, get rid of the Electoral College. But there is no nuance and no context anymore, so who cares."

Some leading Democrats, including Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenAdams, Garcia lead in NYC mayor's race: poll Exclusive: Democrat exploring 'patriot tax' on multimillionaires' wealth McConnell seeks to divide and conquer Democrats MORE (Mass.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezAdams, Garcia lead in NYC mayor's race: poll House Republicans introduce resolution to censure the 'squad' This week: Democrats face fractures in spending fight MORE (N.Y.) have called for abolishing the Electoral College.

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHarris highlights COVID-19 vaccination safety, efficacy in SC event to kick off tour Kamala Harris is still not ready for primetime (much less 2024) Lara Trump calls on Americans at border to 'arm up and get guns and be ready' MORE (D-Calif.), Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenFormer Rep. Rohrabacher says he took part in Jan. 6 march to Capitol but did not storm building Saudis picked up drugs in Cairo used to kill Khashoggi: report Biden looking to build momentum for Putin meeting MORE's running mate, says she's open to the idea, while the former vice president has said he opposes eliminating the Electoral College.

On Monday night, Lemon declared that "we're going to have to blow up the entire system" if Democrats win back the Senate and White House in November's elections as he criticized the Electoral College.

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"We're going to have to blow up the entire system," Lemon told Cuomo.

"I don't know about that," Cuomo replied. "You're just going to have to vote."

"You're going to have to get rid of the Electoral College," Lemon continued. "Because the minority in this country get to decide who our judges are and who our president is. Is that fair?"

"You need a constitutional amendment to do that," Cuomo replied.

"And if Joe Biden wins, Democrats can stack the courts and they can do that amendment and get it passed," Lemon retorted.

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"Well, you need two-thirds vote in the Congress and three-quarters of the state legislatures," Cuomo noted.

"They may be able to do that," Lemon argued.

President TrumpDonald TrumpDOJ asks Supreme Court to revive Boston Marathon bomber death sentence, in break with Biden vow Biden looking to build momentum for Putin meeting DOJ tells media execs that reporters were not targets of investigations MORE won the 2016 election by a 304-227 margin in the Electoral College after capturing the "blue wall" states of Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonNSA leaker Reality Winner released from federal prison Monica Lewinsky signs production deal with 20th TV Police investigating death of TV anchor who uncovered Clinton tarmac meeting as suicide MORE won the popular vote by 3 million votes.