CNN Host Don Lemon, fresh off his demotion from primetime, pressed a Jewish former State Department official for ten minutes to condemn Donald Trump over his meeting with Kanye West and renowned anti-Semite Nick Fuentes in Mar-a-Lago.
Lemon’s exchange got increasingly desperate and painful to watch.
“As a grandchild of Holocaust survivors. I’m concerned with the mainstreaming of antisemitism wherever it comes from,” Len Khodorkovsky said. “And I condemn Kanye’s antisemitism and I condemn…”
“Do you condemn the former president for meeting with anti-Semites?” Lemon asked.
“Sir, sir, alright, you know…”
“You said you condemn anti-Semitism and the mainstreaming of anti-Semitism. Do you condemn the former president for meeting with anti-Semites, for entertaining anti-Semites, and anti-Semitism?
“Let, let me just explain it to you this way, sir,” Khodorkovsky said. “I know the president is not an antisemite. He does not need to apologize.”
“Not asking you if he’s an anti-Semite,” Lemon went on. “I’m asking you entertain, do you condemn him for entertaining and meeting with anti-Semites? It’s a very simple question.”
“Well, I’m trying to give you an answer that it’s…”
“A yes or no. You have met with all, it’s a yes or no,” Lemon continued.
“I didn’t realize I was on the witness stand here, Don,” Khodorkovsky replied. “I’m trying to have a substantive conversation about a real issue like anti-Semitism and you’re trying to make it all about Trump. It’s not about Trump.”
“Well, it is about Trump. It’s about, we’re talking sir,” Lemon said. “We’re talking about the former president meeting with an anti-Semite. How is this not about Trump?
“Because it’s about the anti-Semitism,” he said. “It’s not about Trump. It’s about making sure that the issue of anti-Semitism is confronted in a way, in a substantive way in which, you know, obviously, I’m sure you’re aware there’s rising anti-Semitism in the United States and the world. It certainly is important for us to take it on. It is important for us to call it out. I am calling it out.”
“I am saying he should not have met with Kanye West… what I’m also trying to point out, Don, is that it behooves you and, you know, CNN and every other press outlet to call it out when you see it, especially when it comes in the halls of Congress, especially when every Democratic presidential hopeful goes and kisses the ring of Al Sharpton…”
“CNN doesn’t,” Lemon objected.
As senior reporter from Jewish publication The Forward noted, this exchange “went on for 10 minutes.”
“Do you condemn the former president for meeting with antisemites, for entertaining antisemites and antisemitism? .. It's a very simple question,” Lemon asked repeatedly.
(Exchange went on for 10 minutes) pic.twitter.com/pwdfjmrOXv
— Jacob Kornbluh (@jacobkornbluh) November 28, 2022
But as former Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell pointed out, Don Lemon has a “dirty little secret” of his own.
He once publicly endorsed the National of Islam, headed by notorious anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan.
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) November 28, 2022
“A strange thing happened on CNN on Saturday May 3 prior to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner,” MRC reported on the 2014 clip. “CNN host Don Lemon, appearing alongside Professor Marc Lamont Hill professed his admiration for the Nation of Islam, a well-known hate group. Lemon proclaimed that Hill thinks he “look[s] like a member of the Nation if Islam. That’s okay. I like them. I live on 123rd Street. They’re always at 125th Street subway stop and I buy my Final Call.”
You can watch the clip below:
Furthermore, here is former President Barack Obama with known anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan, who has even praised Nazi leader Adolph Hitler.
"If Barack Obama did this every single one of us would be hounded for comment."
— Sunny McSunnyface (@sunnyright) November 27, 2022
While CNN and MSNBC try to make Donald Trump’s meeting with Kanye West and Nick Fuentes into a major scandal, even though Trump said he didn’t even know Fuentes and didn’t personally invite him, these outlets have never asked Democrats to disavow the anti-Semitism of Al Sharpton or Louis Farrakhan.
The left’s interest in anti-Semitism is purely expedient. When it comes from their own side — including from Rep. Ilhan Omar, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, or Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — the Democratic Party has little if anything to say about it.
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