Like many Black people who have distanced themselves from Ye, CNN's Don Lemon is tired of the Chicago rapper's nonsensical rhetoric and uninformed representation of Black people. During a Thursday telecast of The Situation Room, Lemon said he could not watch Ye's "minstrel show" at the White House.
“What I saw was a minstrel show today,” Lemon said while discussing the troubling monologue the rapper delivered in the Oval Office. “Him in front of all of these white people, mostly white people, embarrassing himself and embarrassing Americans, but mostly African Americans.”
Since May, Kanye hasn't been shy about his love for Donald Trump. He has repeatedly donned the "Make America Great Again" hat. During his visit, he explained he felt the headgear was akin to a "Superman cape."
“I had to turn the television off because it was so hard to watch,” Lemon said. “Him, sitting there, being used by the president of the United States.”
As The Washinton Post notes, Trump hoped the visit would sway disgruntled Black Americans to support the Republican Party. It has yet to be proven if the strategy worked.
Lemon echoed the sentiments of others public figures and celebrities like T.I., who called Ye a "futuristic sambo" and said he was embarrassed to have ever been associated with him.
Not everyone agreed with Lemon's harsh takedown of Ye. Former NFL running back Herschel Walker has called for the journalist's termination.
“Kanye, back away from the cameras, go get some help, and then come back and make your case,” Lemon said, later adding, “We’re watching someone’s demise in front of our eyes.”
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