Donald Trump is a racist. We already knew this. He's proven it over and over again, including—but certainly not limited to—the time he publicly defended neo-Nazis in the wake of the violent Charlottesville rally last August. If you voted for Trump, then you too are inextricably linked to his poisonous ideology.
And as Don Lemon passionately explained on CNN Thursday night following Trump's reported "shithole" remark about immigrants from African countries and Haiti, it's not as though plenty of people didn't inundate the country with warnings. "For years, I and others have been trying to tell you, the American people, that this man was exhibiting bigoted behavior," Lemon said. "I asked him about it a number of times but he denied it and kept up the racist rhetoric on the campaign, and now, while he's in the White House."
"His supporters made excuses, continue to make excuses for them," he continued. "Some of them, people I personally know. Some of them are his friends, as a matter of fact, and I can hear them now telling me 'Oh, Don, Donald didn't mean that. Donald isn't a racist.' Or just people who don’t know him: 'I don’t think, I think it was taken out of context, I'm not sure.' How many examples do you need of this? He is a racist."
For everyone who continues to offer the same "tired, lazy, uninformed, uneducated, ignorant response" to anyone criticizing the so-called POTUS, Lemon had a suggestion. "You know what you can go do?" the news anchor asked. "I can't say that, but you can go read a book, a history book. Because you might learn that people from some of those 'shithole' countries were slaves who were brought here by force to help build this country and then start your learning process from there."
Trump hastily issued a tweet Friday morning denying he made the "shithole" remark. A White House spokesperson on Thursday evening, however, did not deny reports of the comment.