Don Lemon took President Trump back to school after Trump’s remarks on the Charlottesville violence Tuesday.
During an impromptu press conference in the lobby of his Midtown Manhattan building, Trump refused to distinguish between neo-Nazis and demonstrators protesting against them.
Trump’s position differed from yesterday’s when he condemned white supremacists as “repugnant.”
“I think there is blame on both sides,” Trump said Tuesday (Aug. 15). “You had a group on one side that was bad and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent. nobody wants to say it, but I will say it right now.”
Lemon weighed in on Trump’s comments and stated he was saddened by the commander-in-chief’s leadership.
“This is a sad moment for the country,” Lemon said. “I think it was an awful moment for the person who is supposed to represent the highest office of the land. There, today, you saw the real Donald Trump proving all of his critics right in that moment.”
“There is a difference between the two groups,” Lemon added. “One is a Nazi, white supremacist group. What they want to do is extinguish people that look like me and you, Wolf, Jewish people, black people, even women. They don’t think we are equal to them. The other is a protest group, protesting a political and racist movement.”
The veteran journalist said Trump “doesn’t seem to be very aware of the history of this country,” noting that the nation’s problems began with slavery. “People who look like me did not come over on the Nina, the Pinta, or the Santa Maria. And those people who were there want to keep people like me enslaved.”
“The president is ignorant of history,” Lemon stated. “He does not know context. He should be ashamed of himself. He should go back to school and get an elementary education on how this country started and about protest groups and how this country works and who he represents and who he should represent.”
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