Evaluating the aftermath of the dual firings of Tucker Carlson and Don Lemon has been quite an interesting exercise indeed, considering the former has talent and the latter has nothing but identity politics on his side.
In other words, were Lemon not so insistent on being “black and gay,” it is highly unlikely his mug would have ever appeared across Americans’ televisions nightly in the first place.
When both Carlson and Lemon were summarily let go, the responses of both broadcasters were also quite telling.
Lemon released a false statement claiming he wasn’t even informed in person, which CNN had to correct: Lemon was offered a meeting with management, but chose to spread falsehoods on Twitter instead.
Needless to say, that moronic move probably won’t help Lemon in his impending lawsuit against the network, a rather ironic lawsuit considering CNN could just as easily be sued for Lemon’s reportedly abusive behavior towards female colleagues.
Meanwhile, Carlson bid his time for a couple of days before releasing a statement that praised the kindness of many Americans while promising a future medium in which the truth could still be conveyed, without a single reference to Fox News.
The difference in class between both men speaks infinite volumes, both about themselves and the core demographic who listens to them.
Fortunately, Carlson’s demographic is vastly larger than Lemon’s.
And Lemon is likely aware of the fact that being only “black and gay” with nothing to offer aside from venomous attacks and infantile “Google it” retorts is unlikely to garner significant employment opportunities in the future.
Little wonder that Lemon’s puerile attitude is being shredded left and right, pun intended.
Kellyanne Conway, who served as a former Trump White House advisor, blasted Lemon as “mean, misogynist and unrepentant.”
“Lemons, by their very nature and design, are bitter. And I’d say Don Lemon’s the most bitter of them all,” Conway noted, “I want you to understand this because this is the difference between Don Lemon and [Hannity] and other people, he was always unprepared … ‘I’m fairly sure he’s watching this program.”
Of course he was unprepared. His education is minimal at best, and his entire career has been based on being black, gay, and outraged.
And, like a classic, self-identified victim, Lemon has whined about how “stunned” he is upon being fired.
As if being moved to the morning and sandwiched between two women he hates wasn’t enough of a clue that he was treading on very thin ice.
Conway praised CNN CEO Chris Licht for finally deflating Lemon, noting “it’s the first time he’s really shown some moxie.”
Alas, despite showing moxie, Licht still utilized snowflake-friendly language in letting go of the combative, anti-female broadcaster.
“Don will forever be a part of the CNN family and we thank him for his contributions over the past 17 years,” Licht remarked crisply.
“Contributions.” Right. Like comparing Trump to Hitler.
“I’m going to use an extreme example, think about Hitler, think about any of those people. If you could look back at history would you say, I’m so glad that that person was allowed a platform to spread their lies and propaganda?’”
Well, isn’t that the pot calling the kettle black. Except Trump spread the truth, whereas CNN spread the propaganda, courtesy of Lemon.
Lemon is also notorious for ripping women to shreds, both off and on the set.
According to a series of other controversial statements compiled by the Daily Mail, Lemon has made a series of troubling remarks regarding women, most recently about Nikki Haley.
“Nikki Haley isn’t in her prime. Sorry, when a woman is in their prime in 20s and 30s and maybe 40,” Lemon brayed.
In response, his disgusted female cohost, Poppy Harlow, asked exactly what Lemon mean.
“Are you talking about prime for, like, childbearing? Or are you talking about prime for being president?” Harlow queried.
That’s when Lemon delivered a rather ignorant retort.
“Don’t shoot the messenger, I’m just saying what the facts are,” Lemon retorted. “Google it. Everybody at home, when is a woman in her prime? It says 20s, 30s and 40s.”
“Google it.” What an eighth-grade response.
Little wonder Trump referred to Lemon as “the dumbest man on television.”
And, while Trump clearly is in favor of Lemon being given the boot, he did ask the question everyone was: “What took them so long?”
The answer, in all likelihood, boils down to good old new-fashioned identity politics.
Author: Ofelia Thornton