Don Lemon has come for President Donald Trump.
This time, the CNN anchor delivered a scathing rebuke of Trump’s recent racist attack on Senator Elizabeth Warren in which he referred to her as “Pocahontas.”
Trump used the disparaging term on multiple occasions in reference to Warren’s claim that she has Native American ancestry. But his recent usage was particularly appalling because he said it during a ceremony for World War II Navajo code talkers.
“That remark met with stunned silence from everyone in the room,” Lemon noted. “Because everyone in that room knew it was a racist slur directed at Senator Elizabeth Warren. How did they know that? It’s an insult the president loves slamming her with.”
Lemon also noted that Native American groups have repeatedly condemned the president for using Pocahontas’ name in such a derogatory way.
What’s more, Lemon noted that the optics of the event were terrible, considering the fact that Trump conducted the painting in front of a painting of Andrew Jackson, who historically was responsible for horribly abusive policies concerning Native Americans.
After cycling through several other incidents in which Trump has been accused of racist behavior, it was clear Lemon had enough.
“Just because you say you’re not racist doesn’t make it so,” he concluded, “especially if you say, do, and defend racist behavior over and over and over again. Especially if you have lost your credibility by telling countless lies, big and small.”