CNN’s Don Lemon: Trump ‘Traffics in Racism’ Like Roseanne

Don Lemon attends CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute at the American Museum of Natural History on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
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CNN anchor Don Lemon used ABC’s cancellation of Roseanne on Tuesday to blast President Donald Trump as a “racist” who traffics in the same type of racism as Roseanne.

ABC cancelled the show on Tuesday hours after Roseanne Barr tweeted that former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett was a product of the Planet of the Apes and the Muslim Brotherhood.

“This is racist… she is racist… there is no other way to put it,” Lemon said. “The president traffics in racism as well… and I have said that I believe he is a racist… because he traffics in the same thing.”

Lemon said Roseanne was “part of the normalization of conspiracy theories and everyday racism” and accused the millions of Americans who watched the show of buying into her “racism,” “bigotry,” and “homophobia.”

“If you watch the show, then you’ve bought into it and you believe it,” Lemon continued.

Earlier this month, Lemon said it was his obligation as a CNN journalist to call Trump a “racist.”

“If you have the evidence that shows you, that indicates, that leads you to nothing else but this president being racist, then I feel it’s my obligation as a journalist to say it,” Lemon said at a Variety event. “On that night I said it, and I don’t regret saying it. I believe that to be true.”

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