CNN’s Don Lemon joined the avalanche of criticism being leveled at Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Friday night, slamming Carlson for “the mainstreaming of white supremacist propaganda” on his widely watched show.
Carlson on Thursday again echoed the so-called “great replacement” conspiracy theory, saying Democrats are are trying to “replace the current electorate” with “more obedient voters from the Third World.”
Lemon said the point of Carlson’s rhetoric was “to fuel up the audience with a false sense of grievance, outrage to justify voter suppression based on anger and fear and lies and insecurity and racism.”
“You don’t have to do that,” the “CNN Tonight” anchor continued. “You can win more votes in this country when you have better ideas and a better message unless you can harness hate and use your power to suppress others.”
But there’s “zero chance of that,” he lamented. “Not from the network that promoted the big lie of nonexistent voter fraud.”
“This is the mainstreaming of white supremacist propaganda.”
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— CNN Tonight (@CNNTonight) April 10, 2021