CNN Anchor Don Lemon opened his show Thursday by calling the President Donald Trump a “racist.”
“The President of the United States is racist,” Lemon said. “A lot of us already knew that.”
Lemon’s opening comments come on the heels of reportingÂ that Trump asked during an Oval Office meeting Thursday why the U.S. is allowing people from “shithole countries,” referencing Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries, to immigrate to America.
LemonÂ called the remarks “disgusting.”
“But you know what? Theyâ€™re not shocking, not even really surprising because this is who Donald Trump is. This is what he thinks,” Lemon added.
Lemon then went into he called past examples of Trump being a racist before asking “do I need to go on, I get tired of saying it.”
After relaying that some at the White House felt Trump’s reported remarks could help him with his base, Lemon muttered, “Jesus.”
Lemon then told his viewers to gather around the television.
“For years I and others have been trying to tell you, the American people, that this man was exhibiting bigoted behavior,” he said. “I asked him about it a number of times, and he denied it but kept up the racist rhetoric and behavior throughout the campaign and now while he’s in the White House.”
Lemon didnâ€™t stop there, suggesting something unsayable on television for Trump supporters or anyone who has defended his language.
“And for all of you who over the last few years uttered that tired, lazy, uninformed, uneducated, ignorant response of calling me and others who point out racist behavior racists, you know what you can go do?” Lemon asked, pausing for effect. “I canâ€™t say that, but you can go read a book. A history book.”