CNN’s Don Lemon to Trump: ‘Referring to African-Americans as dumb is one of the oldest canards of racism in this country.’

5 things to know about Don Lemon Don Lemon was born March 1, 1966, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Brooklyn College and Louisiana State University alum started his broadcasting career in Birmingham, Alabama, at local television station WBRC. He joined CNN in September 2006. Since then, he has stirred controversy due to his on-air comments about the African-American community and President Donald Trump. Recently, Trump referred to Lemon as the "dumbest man on television." During an on-air appearance, Lemo

Originally posted Tuesday, August 7, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

CNN anchor Don Lemon Monday night lashed back at Donald Trump after the president called him "the dumbest man on television" in a Tweet a few days ago.

Lemon had aired an interview with LeBron James to talk about opening a school for 240 at-risk third and fourth graders. When asked, James said he'd never sit down with Trump but wouldn't mind doing so with Barack Obama. Trump, James said, is "trying to divide us."

While Lemon noted that Trump has insulted the intelligence of white folks (especially women), he said Trump seems to go after black men and women with special venom. Trump's current favorite target: California Rep. Maxine Waters as a "low-IQ individual."

“Referring to African-Americans as dumb is one of the oldest canards of America’s racist past and present, that black people are of inferior intelligence,” Lemon said.

“Let me not mince words here,” he added. “This president traffics in racism. And is fueled by bullying.”

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