CNN anchor Don Lemon told an audience that he may no longer be in his current position in 2020 because he’s having problems handling the level of “toxicity” in modern political discourse.
Lemon blamed President Trump and said as a black and gay man he’s a “unicorn” and has been a target.
October of last year, Lemon said people need to realize that white men radicalized to the right are “the biggest terror threat” to the country on Monday night.
Lemon lamented that a travel ban was put on Muslims because of terror fears but there is not a “white guy ban” for radicalized white males. The CNN host said we have to “stop demonizing people” and realize this is a real threat.
“So, we have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, 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 on — you know, they had the Muslim ban. There is no white guy ban,” he said.
The news – plus barbs from social media trolls and other critics — may be too much for CNN’s Don Lemon to bear much longer.
The host of “CNN Tonight” told an audience in New York City on Thursday that the current “level of toxicity” in society – which he attributed to the Trump presidency – has him questioning whether he’ll still be on the air when the 2020 presidential election rolls around, according to reports.
“I don’t know if it’s worth this level of toxicity,” the 53-year-old Lemon said about continuing in his current position, the Daily Beast reported.
“I’m 10 years older than when he rode down the escalator in July 2015,” Lemon added, referring to Donald Trump’s campaign announcement four years ago.
Lemon made the remarks at the Financial Times’ “Future of News” conference.
“I was doing a shoot in the park the other day and someone shouted at me, ‘I’m sick of watching you. We built this country. I can’t wait for CNN to fire your black a–, you f—-t,’” he recalled, according to Deadline.
“So, all of those sorts of people call you on the phone and say those things, or they write you. I don’t go on social media anymore, it’s so toxic,” he added.
Lemon went on to blame the Trump era, and even the president himself.
“I’m black and gay on cable television in prime time — a unicorn — and I’m a target of the right, a target of white extremists, neo-Nazis and of the president,” Lemon said, according to Deadline.