The New York Times reported on Monday that a heated debate between GOP presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy and CNN presenter Don Lemon last week may have been the final straw that led to Lemon’s dismissal from CNN after 17 years with the company.
Citing Nikki Haley, another Republican presidential candidate, as “past her prime” and reporting on problems between him and co-host Kaitlin Collins, Lemon has caused quite a stir in recent weeks.
However, according to the New York Times, several CNN bigwigs were exasperated after Lemon’s racially tense and ignorant conversation with Ramaswamy. Lemon has never been accused of being an intellect, famously speculating that black holes may have eaten the missing Malaysian airliner in 2014. The stupidity of that statement could only be rivaled by Hank Johnson’s fear that Guam might tip over if too much weight was put on one side of it.
Mediaite was the first to report on the heated exchange between Lemon and Ramaswamy, which escalated into a dispute after Lemon criticized Ramaswamy for lecturing him about the Black experience in the U.S. in defense of a recent speech he gave at an NRA event in which he accused the Democratic Party of wanting to put Black people “back in chains.”
Lemon said Ramaswamy’s comments were so offensive to him as an African-American that he couldn’t bring himself to sit there and debate him.
When Ramaswamy defended his remarks that the NRA helped the black experience, Lemon angrily said his history was incorrect.
Lemon tersely said that whatever ethnicity he is, he didn’t much like Ramaswamy “splaining” what it’s like to be Black in America.
Ramaswamy, taken aback, asked, “Whatever ethnicity I am?”
Ramaswamy said he was an Indian American, something of which he is “rather proud.”
Lemon, the privileged millionaire, dismissed Ramaswamy after shaking hands. Ramaswamy said that he looked forward to continuing the conversation.
Lemon mumbled something while not making eye contact.
He was fired because his attitude has been making cringeworthy TV for a long time. It has nothing to do with his identity, whatever it is.