Don Lemon stunned the world when he went on live TV and said, “Now, another one. And then you have all of them in a row. And, you know, we talked, we messaged about it a little bit this weekend. I keep trying to point out to people and not to demonize any one group or any one ethnicity.
But we keep thinking that the biggest terror threat is something else, someone people who are marching, you know, towards the border, like it’s imminent. And the last time they did this, a couple hundred people came, and you know, most of them did get into the country, most of them got tuckered out before they even made it to the border.”
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.”
The backlash to these comments came fast and furious and Don Lemon should have clarified his comments. For he criticizes the right when they paint certain people with a broad brush all day long. And he is right to do so. So he should have admitted that and moved on and apologized.
He should have amended his comments to reflect this instead he doubled down. “Earlier this week, I made some comments about that in a conversation with Chris [Cuomo],” Lemon said. “I said that the biggest terror threat in this country comes from radicals on the far right, primarily white men. That angered some people. But let’s put emotion aside and look at the cold hard facts. The evidence is overwhelming.”
Lemon then pointed to a report that found that since Sept. 11, 2001, right-wing extremists have killed 106 people in 62 different attacks in the U.S., while Islamist extremists have killed 119 people in 23 different attacks.
“So people who were angered about what I said are missing the entire point,” Lemon added. “We don’t need to worry about people who are thousands of miles away. The biggest threats are homegrown. The facts prove that.”
Not sure Lemon’s statistics prove his point, perhaps just the opposite.