CNN Host Don Lemon responded to outrage caused from him saying “We’re going to have to blow up the entire system” by claiming he was taken out of context.
Monday, during his nightly handoff to Cuomo, Lemon said “we’re going to have to blow up the entire system.”
After Cuomo replied “I don’t know about that,” Lemon said “and you know what we’re going to have to do? You’re going to have to get rid of the electoral college.”
Lemon continued “Because the minority in this country decides who our judges are and they decide who their president is. Is that fair?”
“You need a constitutional amendment to do that,” Cuomo interjected again.
“AND If Joe Biden wins, Democrats can stack the courts and they can do that amendment and they can get it passed,” Lemon claimed.
Now Lemon appears to be walking it all back.
In Tuesday’s handoff to Cuomo, Lemon said “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!”
He continued “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 that I’m a Democrat because I said ‘we.’ I mean the American people!”
Cuomo then joked “But listen, you forgot something very fundamental – A Black guy can’t say that he wants to blow anything up right now. 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.”
Responding to reports about him saying we should "blow up the entire system," CNN's Don Lemon now claims he was speaking rhetorically in an answer to Chris Cuomo. And claims he was taken out of context when quoted as promoting the abolishment of the Electoral College. pic.twitter.com/DsBINKcl6s
— Nicholas Fondacaro (@NickFondacaro) September 23, 2020