Earlier this week, CNN's Don Lemon found himself in the middle of right-winged vitriol for stating the data-based fact that white men are the leading cause of domestic terror.
On Monday, Lemon appeared on Cuomo Prime Time and spoke with colleague Chris Cuomo about the two black shoppers that were fatally shot in Kentucky last week. During the discussion, Lemon said radicalized white men are the "biggest terror threat" in our country.
“I keep trying to point out to people not to demonize any one group or any one ethnicity, but we keep thinking that the biggest terror threat is something else,” Lemon said, adding, “we have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right, and we have to start doing something about them.”
“Earlier this week, I made some comments about that in a conversation with Chris [Cuomo],” Lemon said. “I said that the biggest terror threat in this country comes from radicals on the far right, primarily white men. That angered some people. But let’s put emotion aside and look at the cold hard facts. The evidence is overwhelming."
Lemon then referenced a Government Accountability Office report that says since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, right-wing extremists have killed 106 people in 62 different attacks in U.S., while Islamist extremists have killed 119 people in 23 different attacks.
Lemon then cited another report saying, "that for every eight deadly attacks by right-wing extremists," there was one by left-wing extremists.
“So people who were angered about what I said are missing the entire point,” Lemon said. “We don’t need to worry about people who are thousands of miles away. The biggest threats are homegrown. The facts prove that.”
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