CNN’s Don Lemon caused quite a stir this week with comments he made on Monday about white men being the “biggest terror threat” in America.
"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, and we have to start doing something about them," Lemon said.
"There is no travel ban on them,” he continued, despite the self-contradictory nature of his last statement. “There is no ban on — you know, they had the Muslim ban. There is no white guy ban. So what do we do about that?”
After receiving a massive amount of criticism for his remark, Lemon doubled-down on Wednesday, insisting that statistics back up his claim that we should worry far more about white men in America than ISIS thugs bent on our destruction.
“Let’s put emotion aside and look at the cold hard facts,” he said during his show, according to The Hill. “The evidence is overwhelming."
He cited a Government Accountability Office report showing that right-wing extremists are responsible for 106 deaths in 62 attacks in America while Islamic extremists have killed 119 in 23 attacks since the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.
Do the math, though. The Islamic extremists still killed more people, and they kill a lot more people in each attack. Now, if you include left-wing extremists, then it appears more people have been killed by domestic than foreign terrorists since 9/11. But if you simply include the statistics from 9/11 itself, that ups the death toll from Islamic extremists to over 2,000.
“So people who were angered about what I said are missing the entire point,” Lemon continued. “We don’t need to worry about people who are thousands of miles away. The biggest threats are homegrown. The facts prove that.”
But they don’t. And in his statement on Monday, he didn’t say that “homegrown terrorists” are our biggest threats. He said “white men” are. And, he appears to be operating on an assumption that all domestic terrorists have been and always will be white men.
The Project 21 Black Leadership Network, which refers to themselves as black activists and a “leading voice of black conservatives,” called out Lemon Thursday in a statement to CNN president Jeff Zucker:
“Within a space of five seconds, CNN’s Don Lemon went from saying we shouldn’t demonize people to broadly labeling white men as our nation’s ‘biggest terror threat.’ That’s not responsible journalism. This cannot stand. CNN President Jeff Zucker recently called out the White House for its criticism of the media, saying President Trump doesn’t comprehend the importance of the words he uses. It’s time for Zucker to put his own house in order — starting with explaining how Don Lemon’s outrageous statement can stand in light of Zucker’s call for civility.”
Watch Lemon’s original remarks below: