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

CNN's Don LemonDon Carlton LemonFor myopic media, breaking up with Trump will be hard to do Don Lemon to ex-CNN colleague McEnany: 'Girl, bye' CNN's Don Lemon says Newsmax will 'never be as powerful as Fox News' 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 CuomoTrump to reemerge on political scene at CPAC Kinzinger: GOP will 'be a minority party forever' if we keep supporting Trump Cruz blames criticism of Cancun trip on media 'Trump withdrawal' 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 WarrenMinimum wage setback revives progressive calls to nix Senate filibuster Democratic strategists start women-run media consulting firm Becerra says he wants to 'build on' ObamaCare when pressed on Medicare for All MORE (Mass.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezClimate change rears its ugly head, but Biden steps up to fight it Meghan McCain grills Psaki on 'hypocrisy' over migrant children facility Ocasio-Cortez slams use of robotic police dog in Bronx community MORE (N.Y.) have called for abolishing the Electoral College.

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisTo unite America, Biden administration must brace for hate Democratic strategists start women-run media consulting firm Grassley to vote against Tanden nomination MORE (D-Calif.), Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden 'disappointed' in Senate parliamentarian ruling but 'respects' decision Taylor Swift celebrates House passage of Equality Act Donald Trump Jr. calls Bruce Springsteen's dropped charges 'liberal privilege' 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 TrumpDonald Trump Jr. calls Bruce Springsteen's dropped charges 'liberal privilege' Schiff sees challenges for intel committee, community in Trump's shadow McConnell says he'd back Trump as 2024 GOP nominee 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 ClintonDemocratic strategists start women-run media consulting firm Pelosi top fundraiser moves to House Democratic super PAC Mean tweets may take down Biden nominee MORE won the popular vote by 3 million votes.