CNN host Don Lemon has accused President Trump of wanting to cause a civil war between Republicans and Democrats.
During an interview with fellow CNN host Chris Cuomo, Lemon said Trump was advocating and facilitating violence as a political tool to win the November election.
“Fear is a good motivating factor, this president knows it. But this is the dangerous thing: In exploiting people’s fear and anxiety, what he’s doing is possibly going to cause a civil war in this country, and I don’t necessarily mean a violent one. That certainly can happen. Actually, I think we’re in the middle of one right now, where we can’t agree on anything,” Lemon said, as the Washington Examiner reports.
Lemon said Trump was blaming “people who don’t have agency in society,” and was “exploiting them.”
“We’ve got to be smarter than that. Think about it, Chris,” he continued. “All you got to do is do a Google search on rioting, America, and look back from the beginning of time. We have dealt with riots in this country. We have dealt with unrest. Here’s the difference: We’re in a time now where we have, as you say, a demagogue using it to hold on power, trying to extract power from the people and from the system so that he can hold on to it.”
Lemon failed to mention that President Trump has repeatedly criticized the violent protests and riots that have been carried out by Black Lives Matter protesters, Antifa group members, and other anarchists.
Trump has also repeatedly called for state and local leaders to request federal assistance, which would allow Trump to send in Nationa Guard troops to help quell the violence.
The Washington Examiner adds:
Civil unrest has erupted across the country since the death of George Floyd in May, leading to violence, looting, and vandalism that have accompanied demonstrations. Trump promised to send the military into cities that fail to quell violence in June.
Democratic state and local leaders since then have repeatedly resisted assistance from federal agents. In a campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the president speculated that the governing strategies of left-wing mayors and politicians might hurt their electoral chances.
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Portland has been a hot spot of protests for months. Increased vandalism and violence in July concerned federal authorities that the present number of federal agents and local law enforcement officers might not be able to contain the increased aggression of rioters. Federal officers have been hurt by “mortar-style” fireworks launched at them and stunned by lasers flashed in their eyes.