Don Lemon: 'Had to get rid of' friends who support Trump

CNN anchor Don LemonDon Carlton LemonOfficer Fanone shares threatening voicemail he got after Jan. 6 testimony Don Lemon defends Tucker Carlson amid confrontation video Lineup for Central Park 'Homecoming' concert includes Springsteen, LL Cool J, New York Philharmonic MORE on Thursday said that he “had to get rid of” friends supporting President TrumpDonald TrumpMyPillow CEO to pull ads from Fox News Haaland, Native American leaders press for Indigenous land protections Simone Biles, Vince Lombardi and the courage to walk away MORE "because they're too far gone," adding that he would be friends with them again if “they want to live in reality.”

The commentary came during a handoff between anchor Chris CuomoChris CuomoCNN's Cuomo tells restaurant owner: 'You sound like an idiot' for denying service to vaccinated customers Budowsky: How Biden can defeat COVID-19 for good Matt Schlapp spars with Chris Cuomo: 'I'm not welcome at CNN' MORE and Lemon.

“I had to get rid of them because they're too far gone,” Lemon said to Cuomo of his Trump-supporting friends. “I try and I try and I try, they say something really stupid and then I'll show them the science and I'll give them the information, and they still repeat those talking points.

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"I had to get rid of a lot of people in my life because sometimes you've just got to let them go. I think they have to hit rock bottom like an addict, right? And they have to want to get help, they have to want to know the truth, they have to want to live in reality, they have to want to be responsible not only for other people's lives but for their lives.”

The comments from Lemon, who is frequently critical of the president, come after he faced pushback earlier this year for laughing for an extended period of time after panelist Rick Wilson of The Lincoln Project dubbed Trump supporters the "credulous boomer rube demo."

Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenFirst lady leaves Walter Reed after foot procedure Biden backs effort to include immigration in budget package MyPillow CEO to pull ads from Fox News MORE's national lead in the RealClearPolitics index of polls is 7.2 points as of Friday morning, and the race in key battleground states is 3.2 points.