Don Lemon Says His ‘Blow Up The System’ Comment Was ‘Taken Out Of Context’
Earlier this week, after President Trump made it clear that he would be putting forward a nominee to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, CNN anchor Don Lemon blew his top and said that Democrats would have to “blow up the entire system” if the GOP ends up getting their way.
“We’re going to have to blow up the entire system,” Lemon said to colleague Chris Cuomo.
Here’s the skinny via The Daily Wire:
“I don’t know about that,” Cuomo shot back.
“You know what we’re going to have to do?… You’re going to have to get rid of the electoral college,” Lemon argued. “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 stated.
After catching a whole lot of flack from conservatives on social media, Lemon then claimed that those who are criticizing him took the comment out of context, making the argument that he was just joking.
“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 said to Chris Cuomo Tuesday evening. “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… and, what else did they say? That I’m a Democrat because I said ‘we.’ I mean the American people!”
True to form, Cuomo then went on to sort of suggest that the reactions to Lemon’s comment were racially motivated. Because everything is racist these days.
“But listen, you forgot something very fundamental … A Black guy can’t say that he wants to blow anything up right now,” Cuomo wisecraced as Lemon chuckled. “People are waiting for you to come and destroy their houses with people like me, your kooky White friends. So you can’t say you want to blow stuff up because you’re playing into the narrative.”
Lemon then proceeded to double down on his comments:
“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. 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. 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.”
Who here thinks Lemon is full of it and probably meant every word he said?