CNN’s Don Lemon compared President Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler on Tuesday night, and he was swiftly condemned by someone he never thought would defend the president.
As Lemon’s show was ending, he took a few minutes to speak with Chris Cuomo before kicking it over to his show for the night.
Cuomo began by describing 2020 as the most “definitional” election in his lifetime, but things took a turn when Lemon attempted to shame Trump supporters by asking if they will “continue to fall for the o-ke-doke.”
Then Lemon questioned the media’s responsibilities in covering Trump’s candidacy and urged Cuomo to “think about the most despicable people in history” and warned him that he was going to use an “extreme example.”
“Think about Hitler. Think about any of those people… if you could look back in history, would you say, ‘Well, I’m so glad that person was allowed a platform so that they could spread their hate and propaganda and lies,’ or would you say, ‘That probably wasn’t the right thing to do to spread that because you knew in that moment that was a bad person and they were doing bad things. And not only were they hurting people, they were killing people,” Lemon said.
Cuomo was visibly stunned by Lemon’s comments and comparison, and responded by saying: “I think that the example matters. And that’s a very extreme example.”
Lemon doubled down.
“Listen, for people like me, how this the president feels about the Central Park Five, that could be a life or death issue for people like me,” Lemon maintained his extreme position. “He took a big part of their life away… and demonizing immigrants and talking about ‘sh**hole countries’ and saying that ‘there were very fine people on both sides.’ For people of color in this country, it is a life or death issue… so I’m just saying we just need to be careful about having ‘these are standard rules.’ This is not standard. This is not normal.”
Cuomo also hit back and refused to let Lemon get away with his atrocious comments.
“Comparing anything to an extreme like a Hitler- it weakens the argument. Because you are now taking a guy who says things you don’t like and comparing him to a genocidal maniac,” Cuomo responded.
“I’m not comparing him to that,” Lemon said trying to express more clarity. “I’m comparing the way you would cover someone who is a bad person who does bad things.”
Lemon’s despicable and abhorrent comments came on the same day that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez falsely claimed that Trump’s administration is operating “concentration camps” on the southern border.
During an Instagram live video session on Monday night, the New York socialist also compared these “concentration camps” for migrants to the Holocaust.
Ocasio-Cortez has come under heavy fire for her comments, and has even been scolded by her own colleges.