A former Heisman trophy winner and NFL player has called for Don Lemon and other CNN panelists to be fired for laughing at Kanye West’s visit to the White House.
During the “CNN Tonight” segment, Lemon and others laughed when West was referred to as “the token negro of the Trump administration" by commentator Tara Setmayer during a segment that aired Tuesday night.
CNN political commentator Bakari Sellers also said “Kanye West is what happens when negros don’t read.”
College football legend Herschel Walker took offense to the remarks, which he called “awful.”
“Went to bed appalled over Don Lemon's despicable behavior laughing at Tara Setmayer and Bakari Sellers' awful remarks about Kanye West’s visit with [Trump]! Woke up wondering why CNN doesn’t take all three off the air?” Walker tweeted.
Setmayer quickly tweeted back at Walker: “Bless your heart… You want to silence me because I expressed a different opinion than yours? Because I called out Kanye for what he is? Uninformed! I’m an actual conservative, who’s worked on policy advancing those principles for 20-plus years. I’ll never be a shill for Trump.”
Walker was not the only person who took offense to the CNN segment.
Candace Owens, one of Kanye’s favorite “free thinkers,” told Fox News host Laura Ingraham on Wednesday the segment was “not only racist, it was absolutely despicable.”
“I cannot believe it would be allowed on any network, least of all having a host that’s laughing as if it’s funny,” Owens said.
Lemon has not responded to the criticism against him. Instead, he appears to be doubling down on his stance that Kanye is in need of help and is embarrassing the Black community.
What I saw was a minstrel show today,” the CNN host said after the meeting between Trump and West. “Him in front of all of these white people, mostly white people, embarrassing himself and embarrassing Americans, but mostly African-Americans.”
“Kanye, back away from the cameras, go get some help, and then come back and make your case,” he said, later adding: “We’re watching someone’s demise in front of our eyes.”
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