CNN anchor Don Lemon recently said that supporters of President Donald Trump are like “cultists” who need to be “deprogrammed” before voting in the upcoming election.
Lemon made the comments Friday while speaking with fellow CNN anchor Chris Cuomo on the network.
During the conversation, Lemon shared his unvarnished thoughts on the tens of millions of Americans who support the president.
“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, comparing those who support the president to blind followers of a cult. “And you can 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.”
“Here’s how I feel about this,” he continued. “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. And I am an independent thinker, and I believe in reality. I believe in facts. I believe one plus one equals two. And so, when I’m talking to people who, [are not] smart but, who think they are smart … then, I have to — I got to let you go.”
Lemon then suggested that a type of intervention is necessary before Trump supporters are allowed to vote.
“[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.”
These are just the latest in a string of outlandish remarks made by Lemon recently, including his assertion that
Jesus Christ “admittedly was not perfect” and that racism could be solved if former President Barack Obama was “front and center” on Mount Rushmore.
Earlier this year, Lemon laughed until he cried while on air when two guests, anti-Trump Republican Rick Wilson and New York Times columnist Wajahat Ali, used redneck accents to portray Trump supporters as stupid hicks.
Wilson described the Trump base as “the credulous boomer rube demo that backs Donald Trump, that wants to think that ‘Donald Trump’s the smart one, and y’all — y’all elitists are dumb.'”
“You elitists with your geography and your maps and your spelling… your reading … knowing other countries … sipping your latte,” Ali chimed in shortly after.
The jokes tickled Lemon so much that he snorted and had to wipe away tears.