In another example of his open defiance of new CNN boss Chris Licht’s order to be less egregious in their partisanship, Don Lemon spent part of his eponymous show on Wednesday arguing with Republican Scott Jennings and absurdly claiming that President Biden was “unifying” the country by calling Republicans fascists. He even suggested it was “the truth about what is happening in the country” and asked, “where’s the lie?”
Jennings noted that Biden had abandoned his message of unity from his 2020 campaign and inaugural address. “Yes. But a lot has happened between now and his inaugural address,” Lemon scoffed at the objection.
And as Jennings pushed back, Lemon argued that Biden’s attacks – meant to energize the radical left –were the message needed to unify Americans. “Can the unifying message be that some of what he’s saying is true because there are a lot of people, I got to tell you, Scott, a lot of folks would go, where’s the lie? I don’t see no lies detective,” he suggested.
It was an argument he would double down on during a shouting match with Jennings, a short time later:
LEMON: He’s telling the truth about what is happening in the country for the most part. I’m not saying that everybody is fascist.
JENNINGS: You go to —
LEMON: Listen, hang on, hang on. I’m not even saying, I don’t think it’s, it was the best thing for him to use that language. But you have to call a thing, a thing. You have to call it what it is. You can’t, you know, that – that is unifying.
JENNINGS: If —
LEMON: By bringing people around to the reality of what is.
Lemon continued to lash out at Republicans and was irritated by those objecting to the fascist label. “I think Republicans in this moment should spare me the hysteria about something that this current president, one thing that he said when every single day I sat here for five years and listened to Donald Trump…” he whined.
But that was a lie. Calling the GOP fascist wasn’t the first disparaging thing Biden has said about Republicans during his time as President. Looking back at the Democratic attempts to unconstitutionally nationalize elections, Biden suggested Republicans were supporting “Jim Crow 2.0.”
Lemon then continued his bitter rant: “And now all of a sudden, Republicans, my gosh. He said that there was a semi-fascist tinge to the Republican Party and you get all bent out of shape about it.”
“First of all, not hysterical about it. Second of all, is that the bar you’re setting for Joe Biden? And say, well, Donald Trump was mean. So, it’s okay,” Jennings shot back. “No. It’s not the bar,” Lemon scrambled.
Lemon knew full well that he was in open defiance of Licht’s order too. As they were going to the commercial break, Lemon admitted “I’m in so much trouble” and gave a big hardy laugh.
LifeNews Note: Nicholas Fondacaro writes for Newsbusters, where this originally appeared.