Don Lemon: 'Cult' of Trump Supporters Needs to Be 'Deprogrammed' Before Election
Anti-Trump host takes aim at president's supporters
CNN host Don Lemon suggested supporters of President Donald Trump need to be re-educated, or as he described it, “deprogrammed" before being allowed to vote in the coming November election.
The anti-Trump host decried supporters likening them to “cult."
“If I had a real friend, who was involved in a cult, which I feel it is cultish behavior, I must try to help them,” Lemon said.
“And you only go so far until you say, until you reach bottom, I cannot deal with it. It’s like an addiction."
“Until you reach bottom and you want help, I can’t deal with it,” Lemon continued.
Lemon then claimed he was once a republican when he was younger, before going left.
“Here’s how I feel about this. I don’t care about whether you’re right or left. I’ve been right. I was a young Republican. And left. I am an independent now,” he claimed.
“And I am an independent thinker, and I believe in reality," Lemon said, who regularly pushes conspiracy theories against Trump and falsehoods against the President.
“I believe in facts. I believe one plus one equals two. And so, when I am talking to people who, not are smart but, who think they are smart," he added.
Earlier this year, Lemon laughed as his guests insulted the intelligence of the president’s supporters.
CNN contributor Wajahat Ali and former GOP strategist Rick Wilson mocked Trump supporters while using fake Southern accents.
Trump responded to the segment:
“Don Lemon, the dumbest man on television (with terrible ratings!),” Trump tweeted.
Don Lemon, the dumbest man on television (with terrible ratings!). https://t.co/iQXCc7lvCt— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 28, 2020
"There’s a difference between being smart and thinking you’re smart. Then, I have to — I got to let you go,” Lemon said.
Lemon then suggested Trump supporters may need an intervention when it comes to Trump.
“[Trump] lies to people, and they believe it,” he said.
“And so, what is that? Cultish behavior."
"And I think a lot of people need to be deprogrammed, right now, before they cast their next ballots,” Lemon added.
In June, Lemon claimed that people raised in the United States have “racial blind spots.”
"Considering the history of this country ... how can you not be racist or have racial blind spots?”