- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 1, 2018

CNN anchor Don Lemon is doubling down on calling white men the “biggest terror threat” in America, claiming on his show Wednesday night that the “cold hard facts” back him up.

“Tonight I want to talk about some uncomfortable truth, the truth about who really carries out domestic terror attacks in this country,” Mr. Lemon said in his “CNN Tonight” monologue. “Earlier this week I made some comments about that in a conversation with Chris [Cuomo]. 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,” he continued. “The evidence is overwhelming. A recent report from the Government Accountability Office shows that. Even though more people died in attacks connected to Islamic extremists, the vast majority of deadly attacks in this country from 2001 to 2016 were carried out by far-right violent extremists.”

Mr. Lemon then ran a graphic from the Anti-Defamation League that claimed deaths in America caused by “right-wing extremists” far outnumbered “Islamic extremists” and “left-wing extremists.”

“For every eight deadly attacks by right-wing extremists, there were one by left-wing extremists. Those are the facts,” he stated. “So people that are angered by what I said are missing the entire point. We don’t need to worry about people who are thousands of miles away. The biggest threats are homegrown. The facts prove that.”

Mr. Lemon drew condemnation this week, including from President Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., after he declared to fellow CNN anchor Chris Cuomo that white men pose the biggest threat to American security.

“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,” he said. “And we have to start doing something about them. There is no travel ban on them. There is no ban on — they had the Muslim ban. There is no white guy ban. So, what do we do about that?”

It’s far from the first time Mr. Lemon has been criticized for racially charged rhetoric on CNN. On his show last month, he called Kanye West “the token Negro of the Trump administration.”

CNN has declined to condemn any of the comments.


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