While discussing a statement attributed to President Trump, John Fredericks, Trump’s former presidential campaign co-chair in Virginia, tried to inform Trump-haters on the panel that the president’s comment had nothing to do with race, despite claims that Trump’s “s**thole” comment was a racist slam. This prompted never-Trumper Rick Wilson to threaten Fredericks with violence.
Later, host Don Lemon — who attacked Trump supporters as racist and apparently didn’t have a problem with the threat against Fredericks — removed him from the discussion.
According to the Daily Wire:
Wilson berated talk show host John Fredericks for arguing that Trump’s comments were about economics, not race, telling him to not “bother calling yourself a conservative” because he wouldn’t agree with Wilson and host Don Lemon that Trump’s statement was “racist.”
Wilson told Fredericks that he should “go on Amazon, order yourself a pointy white hat, head down to Home Depot and get the wood to build a burning cross.”
“Well, it’s about economics, Rick. You can throw all the insults you want, and I appreciate it,” Fredericks replied, “but look, at the end of the day-“
“No, John. You don’t appreciate it,” Wilson said as he resorted to personal attacks. “You’re a weak, impotent person who can’t handle the fact that there are people who don’t look like you, who want to come to this country because our system is awesome. You hate that, you hate it so much, because you’re so weak inside.”
“That’s your substantive argument to me, Rick Wilson, who backed every losing candidate,” Fredericks said in response.
That’s when Wilson threatened Fredericks with violence.
“John, I will gut you like a fish on this show if you want to keep this up,” he said. His threat elicited smiles from the other two panelists and Lemon did not take Wilson to task.
Here’s video of Wilson’s threat:
Later, Newsweek said, Lemon decided that Fredericks needed to go.
Later, during a heated panel discussion on Trump’s remarks, Lemon grew incensed by John Fredericks, Trump’s former presidential campaign co-chair in Virginia, who tried to claim that the issue wasn’t race, or Trump’s apparent bigotry, but a matter of economics. Fredericks told Lemon that making it a race issue was “easy and lazy.”
That is when Lemon decided to pull the plug on Fredericks. “Can we cut him off? Can we take him off the screen?”
As Fredericks was taken offscreen, Lemon said: “I was going to let him speak, until you doubly insulted me. I don’t even need to respond to the ‘lazy’ comment.”
Newsweek did not mention Wilson’s threat to “gut” Fredericks “like a fish,” a statement which sounds to us like a direct threat to murder Fredericks.
Don Lemon’s playing no games in 2018. Racists gets called out on live television. pic.twitter.com/ZpIeAAwwV9
— Jean (@mrjean) January 12, 2018
Lemon wasn’t finished, and went on to attack the president and all of his supporters as racists.
“This is for anyone who may be taken aback by my comments: I don’t really care if you are. I hope you are,” he said.
“For years, I and others have been trying to tell you, the American people, that this man has been exhibiting bigoted behavior. I’ve asked him about it a number of times, and he denied, but kept up the racist rhetoric throughout the campaign and now while he’s in the White House.”
Lemon then went after Trump’s supporters: “His supporters made excuses, continue to make excuses for him. Some of them are his friends, and I can hear them now, telling me: ‘Donald didn’t mean that,’ ‘Donald isn’t a racist,’ ‘I think it was taken out of context.’… How many examples do you need of this? But he is a racist.”
“All of you who over the last few years have uttered that tired, lazy, uninformed, uneducated response of calling me and others who point out racist behavior ‘racists,’ you know what you can go do?” Lemon asked. “I can’t say that. But you can go read a history book. Because you might learn that people from some of those ‘shithole countries’ were slaves who were brought by force to help build this country.”
Lemon suggested Trump supporters undergo “self-examination” and questioned “what it says about you that you continue to make excuses for this man, no matter what. Doesn’t that make you just as bad?”
Let’s boil this down: Apparently, Don Lemon not only thinks half the country is made up of racists, but he seems to have no problem with a guest essentially threatening to murder another guest during his program because he disagrees with him politically.
Moreover, Lemon also demonstrated — yet again — that he simply cannot handle a debate. Instead of conducting a civil discussion, Lemon has to silence critics.
This is CNN.
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