CNN’s Don Lemon: America Is ‘Teetering On A Dictatorship’
Host responds to President Trump's promise to restore order
CNN host Don Lemon responded to President Donald Trump's promise to mobilize federal resources to quell the rioting and looting, saying the United States is “teetering on a dictatorship."
Riots have swept across the country since the death of George Floyd, who died in police custody last week.
Trump promised to restore order by taking “immediate presidential action."
“I am mobilizing all federal resources, civilian and military to stop the rioting and looting, to end the destruction and arson, and to protect the rights of law-abiding Americans, including your Second Amendment rights," Trump said.
BREAKING: "If a city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them," Pres. Trump threatens. https://t.co/n0fWIF4N9X pic.twitter.com/TuhuCaadJE— ABC News (@ABC) June 1, 2020
But Lemon responded to anchor Wolf Blitzer’s assertion that Trump “did not mince his words at all,” describing it as a “made for TV moment.”
Lemon went on to claim the President “sounded weak and scared” after he urged governors to take a stronger stance against rioters.
“Those were the orders from the commander-in-chief for this very moment that just happened in front of our eyes,” said Lemon.
“Why were we pretending otherwise? Open your eyes, America," he added.
"Open your eyes. We are teetering on a dictatorship," Lemon claimed.
"This is chaos. Has the president — I’m listening — is the president declaring war on Americans? What is happening here?”
CNN's @DonLemon: "Open your eyes, America. Open your eyes. We are teetering on a dictatorship. This is chaos...."— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) June 2, 2020
"I'm listening. Is the President declaring war on Americans?!" pic.twitter.com/Jq6fv8veVI
“He’s saying he wants to protect peaceful protesters at the same time sending law enforcement and military into the streets to push peaceful protesters back, to be aggressive with peaceful protesters,” the CNN host continued.
“He is doing the exact opposite of what he said in that speech. I think the president is playing a very, very dangerous game here.”
Lemon stated that on the streets people "were upset” and “angry.”
“Again, I am not condoning violence at all, and I hope that they remain peaceful, but I hope that they stand up and fight for their rights to peacefully protest in this country,” he said.
Lemon then accused Trump of “playing a very dangerous game” that “will backfire.”
The CNN host said, “militarized police departments” have made people “feel like they are occupied in their own communities.”
“Now the entire country, according to his orders, we are living under a militarized country, or we will be soon, and it will play out in front of our very eyes on national television,” he concluded.