Oh boy— Don Lemon called white men a “terror threat,” and Republicans everywhere are freaking out.
During a segment about the recent shooting in Kentucky, CNN host Don Lemon commented that “the biggest terror threat in this country is white men.”
The issue being discussed was in reference to an incident last Wednesday in which a white man allegedly shot and killed two black people outside a Kroger grocery store in Jeffersontown, Ky., just outside of Louisville. It’s confirmed that the case is being investigated as a hate crime.
This incident comes the same week that 13 potential explosive bombs were sent to prominent Democratic public figures across the county, as well as the 11 people that were murdered in a mass shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. White men are found responsible for both crimes. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
“I keep trying to point out to people not to demonize any one group or any one ethnicity. But we keep thinking that the biggest terror threat is something else — some people who are marching toward the border like it’s imminent,” Lemon said to co-anchor Chris Cuomo in reference to the American migrant caravan moving towards the U.S.
“The last time they did this, a couple of hundred people came and they, most of them didn’t get into the country. Most of them got tuckered out before they made it to the border,” Lemon added.
“We have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men,” he said. “Most of them radicalized to the right, and we have to start doing something about them. There is no travel ban on them. There is no ban — you know, they had the Muslim ban. There is no white-guy ban. So what do we do about that?”
Steve Scalise, a Republican from Louisiana who survived a shooting targeting Republican lawmakers last year, replied to an article about his statement on Twitter with the wide-eyed emoji.
Donald Trump Jr. claims he thought Lemon’s comments “was some sort of joke quote taken out of context but no . . . it’s just Don Lemon being a moron.”
Trump Jr. continued, “Unfortunately this is how so many leftists actually think. Disgusting! Imagine the outrage if you changed ‘white men’ with any other demographic?”
However, research from The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute claims that in the last decade there have been almost twice as many terrorist attacks on U.S. soil by right-wing extremists — mostly white — rather than Islamist extremists.