CNN’s Don Lemon has absolutely had it with racist Republicans and the enablers of white supremacy. On Wednesday night’s edition of CNN Tonight, Lemon tore into Republican Congressman Glenn Grothman of Wisconsin for claiming that Black Lives Matter hates families.
Grothman said on the floor of the House of Representatives earlier this week:
I know the strength Black Lives Matter had in this last election. I know it’s a group that doesn’t like the old-fashioned family. I’m disturbed that we have another program here in which we’re increasing the marriage penalty.
Lemon was not having it:
Come on – doesn’t like the old-fashioned family? What does that mean? Black Lives Matter was about police brutality and violence and trying to keep family members and loved ones alive. Sounds like family values to me.
What he said was not even coded racism. That’s right out – saying it right out loud. Saying it right out loud. When people show you who they really are, huh?
He thinks he can just throw it in as an aside about Black Lives Matter, like nothing, the old-fashioned family. What does old-fashioned mean? Huh? What does old-fashioned mean? What does that mean? Someone ask him that? Insulting millions and millions of Black families.
Lemon played a clip of Delegate Stacey Plaskett (D-VI) hammering Grothman over the things she has “heard come out of your mouth on the Oversight Committee.”
It is outrageous. And again, if I have to say this every single night of my life while I’m here, I will. You need to know the history of this country. Do you know how many Black families were separated during slavery? I’ve had my ancestry done twice. It is so hard to even find records that go back even two generations sometimes because what? The intentional separation of Black families, and no records. You know why? They were considered property. So, it’s — God! Ugh! It just angers me sometimes that people can be so ignorant.
Next, Lemon turned his attention to Tim Scott of South Carolina, the only Black Republican in the United States Senate, who insisted on CNN that “woke supremacists” were responsible for the siege on the United States Capitol on January 6th.
Lemon blasted Scott for attempting to rewrite recent history:
Do you want to explain who these woke supremacists are? Because I looked really carefully and I didn’t — hang on before we go with the video, I haven’t seen any woke supremacists. I never saw — I’ve never seen a woke supremacist lynching anybody. Never saw a woke supremacist denying anybody access to housing or a job or education or voting rights. Never seen any woke supremacists enslaving anybody. Never saw any woke supremacists trying to keep people from marrying amongst different races. Come on, Tim Scott!
It was not “woke supremacists” that laid mounted an insurrection at the behest of ex-President Donald Trump:
I didn’t see any woke supremacists storming the blanking Capitol. Where are the woke supremacists attacking Capitol Police? Where are the woke supremacists hunting people in the halls of the Capitol and beating them with blue lives matter signs with white supremacist insignia on their shirts? Guess who I saw. Guess who police officers were beaten by? Guess who wanted to hang the vice president? White supremacists, Tim Scott! What are you doing! The only Black Republican with a white supremacist carrying the confederate battle flag in the nation’s Capitol, Tim Scott. Tim! Tim, I have to — I know you don’t want me to yell, but this is — this is ridiculous. You are gaslighting people. You are giving people misinformation. What are you doing, brother? What are you doing? What are you doing? You’re not helping.
And then there was South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, who said on Fox News on Tuesday that loan programs for Black farmers embedded within the latest COVID-19 relief bill counted as reparations for slavery.
“This is 2021. Please tell me we’re not gonna fall for this,” said Lemon. “Why are we allowing people to do this? Why are people doing this? Lindsey Graham, why are you doing this? It’s not helpful to the country.”
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