CNN’s Don Lemon is walking back his comments from earlier in the week when he compared President Donald Trump to Hitler while he was arguing that “bad people” shouldn’t be given a place of influence.
Lemon urged Cuomo to “think about the most despicable people in history” and warned him that he was going to use an “extreme example.”
“Think about Hitler. Think about any of those people … if you could look back in history, would you say, ‘Well, I’m so glad that person was allowed a platform so that they could spread their hate and propaganda and lies,’ or would you say, ‘That probably wasn’t the right thing to do to spread that because you knew in that moment that was a bad person and they were doing bad things,” Lemon said according to Fox News. “And not only were they hurting people, they were killing people.”
“I think that the example matters,” Cuomo responded. “And that’s a very extreme example.”
“Listen, for people like me, how this the president feels about the Central Park Five, that could be a life or death issue for people like me,” Lemon maintained his extreme position.
“He took a big part of their life away… and demonizing immigrants and talking about ‘sh**hole countries’ and saying that ‘there were very fine people on both sides.’ For people of color in this country, it is a life or death issue… so I’m just saying we just need to be careful about having ‘these are standard rules.’ This is not standard. This is not normal.”
“Comparing anything to an extreme like a Hitler- it weakens the argument,” Cuomo pushed back, “because you are now taking a guy who says things you don’t like and comparing him to a genocidal maniac.”
However, Lemon was castigated by CNN CEO Jeff Zucker who said that he should be ashamed of himself, according to Fox News.
“I was trying to speak about people who give misinformation and propaganda… that was inartful. I didn’t mean in it that way and I think we have to… sometimes people say things in a conversation and you get what I’m trying to say, but people turn it into something else. And I think I get what Joe Biden was trying to say in the same vein,” Lemon said according to Fox News.