Earlier this week, CNN anchor Don Lemon reacted threateningly to the news that President Trump would be nominating Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg‘s replacement on the Supreme Court by saying that Democrats will have to “blow up the entire system” if Republicans get their way.
“We’re going to have to blow up the entire system,” Lemon said to Chris Cuomo.
“I don’t know about that,” Cuomo replied.
“You know what we’re going to have to do?… You’re going to have to get rid of the electoral college. Because the minority in this country get to decide who our judges are and who our president is. Is that fair?” Lemon argued.
Cuomo responded by explaining to Lemon that a constitutional amendment would be required to do that.
“And if Joe Biden wins, Democrats can stack the courts and they can do that amendment and get it passed,” Lemon said, clearly not understanding the constitutional amendment process.
Walking Back His Statements
After Lemon faced harsh backlash from conservatives on social media, he attempted to claim that his comments were taken out of context.
“I woke up and I saw all of these headlines, ‘Don Lemon is calling for the abolishing of the electoral college!’ But I was responding to you when you said we need people with integrity! I was responding to you when you said we want people with integrity in office and I said, ‘Well, then we’ve got to blow up the whole system, right?’ And I said here’s what Democrats can do and that’s the danger- they can stack the court. But all of a sudden, I am calling for the abolishing of the electoral college… and, what else did they say? That I’m a Democrat because I said ‘we.’ I mean the American people!” Lemon said to co-host Chris Cuomo Tuesday night.
Cuomo then tried to suggest that many of the responses to Lemon’s statement were racially motivated.
“But listen, you forgot something very fundamental … A Black guy can’t say that he wants to blow anything up right now. People are waiting for you to come and destroy their houses with people like me, your kooky White friends. So you can’t say you want to blow stuff up because you’re playing into the narrative,” Cuomo said as Lemon laughed.
It didn’t take long for Lemon to lose sight of his plan to explain away his comments. He went on to double down on his attack on the Electoral College.
“Run and tell this: I do think that we need to look at the electoral college because I think it disenfranchises voters, both Democrats and Republicans. If you’re in a blue state and all of the electoral votes go to the Democratic person, then the Republicans’ votes aren’t counted, the people who voted for the Republican candidate! So I do think it should be looked at because I think it does disenfranchise certain people. Should it be abolished? It’s not for me to say. I’m saying this is what Democrats are saying; stack, the courts, get rid of the electoral college. But there is no nuance and no context anymore so who cares,” Lemon said.