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

CNN's Don LemonDon Carlton LemonSchwarzenegger: California GOP has gone 'off the rails' with unofficial ballot boxes CNN's Lemon, MSNBC's Maddow rail against NBC for Trump town hall: 'Embarrassing ratings ploy' CNN's Lemon: Asking Biden, Harris about 'hypothetical' court packing 'not a legitimate question' 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 CuomoLast hurrah for the establishment media CNN's Lemon: Asking Biden, Harris about 'hypothetical' court packing 'not a legitimate question' California Republicans ordered to remove unofficial ballot drop boxes 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 WarrenPush to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw Georgia senator mocks Harris's name before Trump rally: 'Kamala-mala-mala, I don't know' Warren, Porter to headline progressive fundraiser supporting seven swing state candidates MORE (Mass.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOVERNIGHT ENERGY: EPA may violate courts with new rule extending life of unlined coal ash ponds | Trump reverses course, approving assistance for California wildfires | Climate change, national security among topics for final Trump-Biden debate Biden distances himself from Green New Deal during town hall Ocasio-Cortez, progressives call on Senate not to confirm lobbyists or executives to future administration posts MORE (N.Y.) have called for abolishing the Electoral College.

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisUndecided voters in Arizona wary of Trump, crave stability Foreign policy is on the ballot in 2020; so is American credibility Perez on Biden's poll leads: Democrats 'take nothing for granted' MORE (D-Calif.), Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden: Trump 'continues to lie to us' about coronavirus Rally crowd chants 'lock him up' as Trump calls Biden family 'a criminal enterprise' Undecided voters in Arizona wary of Trump, crave stability 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 John TrumpPolice say man dangling off Trump Tower Chicago demanding to speak with Trump Fauci says he was 'absolutely not' surprised Trump got coronavirus after Rose Garden event Biden: Trump 'continues to lie to us' about coronavirus 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 Clinton Rally crowd chants 'lock him up' as Trump calls Biden family 'a criminal enterprise' Undecided voters in Arizona wary of Trump, crave stability Push to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw MORE won the popular vote by 3 million votes.