CNN’s Don Lemon Bashes Protesters w/ Guns: ‘Who the hell do you think you are?’

Don Lemon’s got a bone to pick with Americans protesting the near country-wide lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

During his show, “CNN Tonight,” on Monday the television journalist had a question for those citizens who’ve been attending the reopen rallies armed with guns.  

“You’re out there with guns, with weapons strapped to your chest, saying, oh, you want to get — you’re fighting against the people who are telling you to stay at home, trying to save your lives, you’re upset with those people? In the meantime, there are people keeping your cities going, keeping your loved ones alive and you want to get a haircut?” Lemon said.

“Who the hell do you think you are?” Lemon continued. “What is wrong with people? I don’t understand.”

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The CNN host went on to argue that these gun-toting Americans are hypocrites because they were the ones that criticized former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick for his controversial decision to kneel during the national anthem at professional football games.  

“I don’t want to hear from those people who are out there protesting with guns, right, and that is threatening — a threatening look for people. You’re protesting with guns,” Lemon said. “Don’t — don’t criticize people who are taking a knee at a ball game, entertainment, saying, ‘I don’t want people protesting at a ball game,’ when people are who are peacefully protesting — don’t give me that when you’re out there protesting with guns and saying, ‘I want to get back to work, I want my liberty.’

“Don’t be a hypocrite,” Lemon advised.  

We have a 1A right to peaceably assemble and a 2A right to bear arms. In this regard, those protesters were well within the purview of the Constitution to gather as they did, guns and all. The question really is just because you can, should you?

COVID-19 is a highly infectious virus with a mortality rate somewhere between the common flu (.1 percent) and 13 percent, if we are to believe the numbers coming from Italy.

Given the available data, would I gather with a bunch of people outdoors to protest the shutdown? No. I wouldn’t. Why take an unnecessary risk, especially when we’re starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel?

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But I also understand that a lot of people are hurting financially right now and are ready to get back to work. Additionally, it’s also true that in certain parts of the U.S. the coronavirus isn’t as prevalent nor as virulent as it is in others. Big cities tend to be hotter spots that rural communities, and due to this there isn’t a one-size-fits-all prescription for getting things back online. President Trump has said as much.

What I’d say to Don is that before you start to criticize these protesters, try to understand where they’re coming from and, more importantly, where they live and how the coronavirus has or has not impacted their community. Because for a lot of Americans, COVID-19 wasn’t that big a deal. It didn’t warrant shutting down the entire economy and putting millions of people out of work. (Not my opinion, but others I respect feel this way.)

In short, there’s nothing “wrong” with these people. They’re not threatening anyone and they’re not “hypocrites.” They just have a different perspective of and experience with COVID-19. Maybe Don, it’s worth listening to what they have to say.

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  • krinkov545 April 30, 2021, 8:05 am

    Aids The Judgement of God! And let’s talk about Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13 Donnie Lemonaids.

    • Chum Lee July 13, 2021, 9:42 pm

      Gettin’ all Old Testament up in here.

  • Glenn Roland March 8, 2021, 5:49 am

    As if I give a Crap what Don Lemon has to Say. He is a News Anchor, nothing More. No Matter how much he tries to be Relevant. He’s still a Monkey Dancing for his Masters.

  • Peter Cooper July 7, 2020, 6:01 pm

    Why are you persisting in publishing this out of date (and inaccurate) nonsense about covid-19? And as for carrying weapons at mask protests– it is a bad idea. How does this show shooting sports in a positive light? As far as showing the government and “showing them” they cannot push us around, don’t forget that POTUS wanted to deploy the armed forces against unarmed BLM protesters, this while PD were deploying armored vehicles to contain unrest. It is not worth dying over a mask! Why not try this simple test: take an assault rifle to Mr. Trump’s next rally (if it ever happens) and see what happens!

    • John July 10, 2020, 7:26 pm

      It is late to the game story..

      Its clear you didn’t watch the videos..

      The majority were not wearing mask and there was a lot of screaming by the leftist MSM about that too.

      Before you comment you need to learn the facts and not rely on the leftist MSM on the boob tube for the “facts”.

      The Majority of the time any video footage of the so called event the MSM goes off on, is contradicted if you just watch the video shown when they are blabbing about the so called event.

  • The Observer April 27, 2020, 9:22 am

    I love when mentally ill knuckle heads like this POS does his little rants. It shows the rest of the world how pathetically ignorant they are. Your day is coming Donny. Enjoy what time you have left because there will be no mercy shown to human filth like you, none.

  • Mark - IN. April 26, 2020, 9:18 pm

    There’s a female co-host on my favorite local talk show radio channel that sarcastically refers to Lemonhead as one of her girlfriends. We’ll leave it go at that other than who cares what Lemonhead thinks in the first place?

  • Brian Stach April 25, 2020, 9:55 pm

    We Don PP Lemon are the American Patriots who remind the Government that they as you work for the people not the Administration or the Communist News Network….Who you gonna send to deflect us the High Heel brigade?

  • David Welsh April 25, 2020, 8:43 pm

    Lemons make Americans pucker. We have soured on Donnie L. a long time ago.

  • Steve April 25, 2020, 3:50 am

    Why does anyone listen to, or give the a**clown his 15 minutes of fame? What does lemon-head have; a thousand listeners? He’s just a clown news network schmuck that sucked his way to the top and can’t work anyplace else.

  • John Boutwell April 24, 2020, 5:33 pm

    Who the hell do we think we are?
    Americans, that need to work to provide a roof and food for our families.
    We are not unnecessary talking heads!

  • JoeUSooner April 24, 2020, 3:47 pm

    Despite all the “rationale” that this circus clown Lemon manufactures, the simple fact that the Constitution and its Amendments (especially the first ten, the Bill of Rights) DOES exist in this country, as the highest “law of the land.” Lemon and the rest of the vocal socialists hate that fact, but their hatred does not in any way alter reality. He needs to resign and go study the Constitution for a few years (and go back to pass the high school civics test that he so drastically failed as a teen) BEFORE ever return to broadcasting.

  • Dexter Winslett April 24, 2020, 3:30 pm

    We are free Americans, Communist News Network. Come stop us. We will enjoy watering The Tree Of Liberty.

    • JoeUSooner April 24, 2020, 3:49 pm

      Well said, sir!

  • Michael Creegan April 24, 2020, 2:47 pm

    Stick to the news. Report the news and leave your opinions out. Given the unbiased news we the people can make our own informed choices and opinions. That’s the problem with the media today. Pushing their agenda on us. Showing only the news and twisting the facts fits their narrative.

  • triggerpull April 24, 2020, 12:06 pm

    I think the protesters have a perfect right to be armed to the hilt out in public like that–just like anyone would have a perfect right to be on a rooftop a mile away with a sniper rifle watching them.

    • AZpatriot April 24, 2020, 6:29 pm

      Hay look a boot licker!! I bet you support the government action at Waco and Ruby Ridge dont ya?!!

    • D.J. April 26, 2020, 10:05 am

      A mile away , huh ?
      That’s one hell of a shot !

  • Buddy April 24, 2020, 11:46 am

    I thought I wad American. Who the hell does he think he is? Sorosian?

  • dave brown April 24, 2020, 11:40 am

    As a long time Gunner and a Draft Card Carrying kid way back when I have been shooting for about 59 years, and at the age of 12 The Old NRA Attracted me deeper into the sport with there Education Program. I have carried daily for a lot of years, and today I have on my person always and at least one in may autos and bikes, and yes I worry a little about someone breaking in and stealing them….. Anyway, I seldom open carry, and the least time I remember Open Carrying was about 43 years ago. Thus I don’t think these people really need to carry their AR’s in public, and it I was going to join them I figure my AR’s will stay at home and I will carry a short AK, but then my ARs are chamber for AK ammo so it is a toss up. Only reason I go into detail is to let those that figure I am a Spy know that I know what I speak of. So what was their point of hauling around their Long Guns?? It is all about Ego and Shock Effect neither of which is in my Pre Battle Plan. Grow Up, if this is the best you can do as a protest get out of my way…….. But, God Bless USA All PS: useful protest is to get The Right to give us Natiional Carry, and also the right and the left should free up all their gun free zones known as our paid for Gov Office Buildings. Now I would protest that with u all

    • Realspark21 April 24, 2020, 4:05 pm

      The reason I see to carry long-guns or other open weapons at these particular protest is this: to put those in leadership role of government and law enforcemnt on notice, we have rights that you cannot take away with an edict or decree…additonally, we the people will not be forced to leave a peaceful assembly.

      Had they been unarmed, only those with guns (criminals, police or government agents) could easily have denied, abused, taken away the rights, or lives of those protesters…just like in Hong Kong.
      Even if you or those of similar thoughts think it was wrong or not right to carry those weapons (or open carry)…we must all understand amd support their (and your) rights.
      A right not used or a right denied is right lost.

  • Floyd April 24, 2020, 11:31 am

    Don Lemon who the hell do you think you are!

    • Chastran April 24, 2020, 1:03 pm

      Don Lemon is a gay wuss with a perpetual boner and a host of virulent STDs…

      • krinkov545 April 30, 2021, 8:13 am

        All homos will burn in hell.

  • Easy Eddie April 24, 2020, 11:20 am

    Well, Donnie looks like he had a recent haircut. It appears he’s come down with a serious case of ‘applies to thee but not to me’ syndrome.

  • Kane April 24, 2020, 10:55 am

    What did Don Leman say in July 2016, when “Black Lives Matter” was protesting in Dallas with several members of that group displaying open carry rifles?

    That “BLM” movement in Dallas was event chosen by Michah Xavier Johnson to target and kill 5 Dallas Police Officers.

  • J Atwood April 24, 2020, 10:53 am

    If anyone’s a hypocrite, it’s Lemmon. He’s quick to condemn people who are only trying to save their businesses, provide for their families, and exercise their basic rights. Easy for Lemmon to say because he’s still working.
    Self righteous jerks like him make me sick.

  • Ketchum Kenny April 24, 2020, 10:10 am

    Don would not understand a non-black, non homosexual, non-liberal perspective even if Mayor Pete gave it to him in person.

  • Patrick Finnie April 24, 2020, 10:09 am

    I can’t remember. What did CNN say about every left leaning concern piling on the Women’s rallies back in 2018 ? As I remember in the Vermont State Capitol, Mount-peculiar, we had the green people, LGBTQ people, minorities of every description, “undocumented aliens,” animal rights people, oh yea and there were women there with kids in “pussy hats” and vulgar signs. I guess that was political acceptable though, right ? I mean left…..

  • Michael R Stuhr April 24, 2020, 9:53 am

    “They look threatening.”

    He recommends we judge people by how they look?

    That’s funny!

    • David Welsh April 25, 2020, 8:46 pm

      The colonists frequently carried their weapons with them, in the country and in towns. No one blinked an eye.

  • Frank April 24, 2020, 9:33 am

    You have no idea why people were so upset when Kaepernick was taking a knee. It was because he was showing disrespect to our country, our Military and disrespect to all who have lost their lives to make America what it is. Wake up man. Your just as bad ( or worse) than the rest of them a

  • Terry Hill April 24, 2020, 9:03 am

    There no one in the world that doesn’t appreciate, respect, love and collect firearms more than I do. I am extremely lucky to be an American. A free American. But I’m not in accordance with our brothers and sisters taking up arms and flaunting them during so called peaceful rallies. There is no need to openly carry guns and create an intimidating presence when you are supposedly demonstrating peacefully. Conceal carry, hell yes, always, even when your mowing your own lawn. But showing off your guns at a rally where the libtard media is out in full force and zooming in on your firepower only makes the situation worse. It makes us all look like idiots. I was in the Navy and especially during basic training if one recruit F…d up on anything we all had to pay the consequences.

    Lets be civil and act like grownups. We don’t need to show off our goods to the idiots who have no idea what its all about. We must be peaceful and stick together because if we don’t we will lose. One of the first and most important things that communists do is they separate society. They separate the kids from their parents, the neighbors from one another etc. That way they lead the sheep to obedience making them believe that the only the party has the true word. Our country has been under attack for quite a while now but it accelerated deeper into darkness with the election of obama. This terrible being ushered in a new wave of separation into our country.
    Sure I remember the race problems we had in the old days, it was a terrible injustice that we as a nation were so ignorant that we treated our fellow Americans, in this case black Americans as second or even third class citizens. This injustice may never be repaid. We are paying for it now and perhaps will be for the rest of our days. However before he became president I can’t remember anyone talking of behaving negatively in any racial way, we had surpassed the dark days and where acting like civil human beings with one another. Then ob… comes in and F..ks it all up. He turned this nation upside down and unleashed the reins of hatred and racial class envy among the many more evil things that he did.
    We must stand together peacefully and compose ourselves as intelligent, compassionate, honorable and decent human beings if we are to persevere. If we rally showing of our weapons that only empowers the left to further push for the relinquishing of our God given rights. We are the luckiest folks on earth, lets keep it that way and only brandish the goods if and when there is no other alternative.

    • Bill Gano April 24, 2020, 1:29 pm

      I agree with everything you say Terry. If anyone looks at what’s happened in all the countries that do not have a 2a, where the people have lost the right to have firearms, the government has exploited the citizens and taken their rights. I myself served in the military for over 33+ yrs. Open carry at a peaceful demonstration is not necessary. Go to the voting booth and use your right to replace the ones that want to take your constitutional rights away.

      • David Welsh April 25, 2020, 8:49 pm

        The colonists as well as Americans decades later carried openly. We have become a nation of hypersensitive fraidy cats.

  • Alej Marcos April 24, 2020, 9:00 am

    Uppity, as usual.

  • Mort April 24, 2020, 8:22 am

    Hey Donnie,, those people are what FREE people look like,, get used to it scooter….

  • Edward Nichols April 24, 2020, 8:20 am

    I wonder how much controlling interest China has with CNN. China wants the US disarmed for a reason, the same reason they are building a navy at a rate unseen before. Alot of people have eyes but they can not see and ears but they can not hear. Think about Poland in 1939, one day you wake up and you are not free.

  • Pete A Faz April 24, 2020, 8:11 am

    Well he is the guy that called white males terrorists and then married one,sooooo

  • PeterC April 24, 2020, 7:46 am

    The well-coiffed Don Lemon is outraged at the peasantry who would dare to want a haircut.

  • Jim April 24, 2020, 7:39 am

    “We” think we are “we the people”. Whom do you think we are comrade?

  • Douglas smith April 24, 2020, 7:37 am

    I’m sorry, I beleive in the 2nd, but there is a time and place. No need to carry guns to a protest. It’s things like that which gives the anti 2A people the ammunition they need to restrict our rights. Use some sense people. What purpose does it serve? Like alcohol and guns, groups of highly charged armed individuals could lead to a tragedy.

    • Dr Motown April 24, 2020, 8:54 am

      I used to think that way too, but the anti-gunners don’t need any “ammunition” to restrict our rights….they’re going to come after them anyways

      • Jaoquin April 24, 2020, 11:04 am

        I have never thought along the lines of the first part of your post, but the rest I concur with wholeheartedly.
        Apparently there are some folks here that figure antifa brandishing arms, which none of the protesters did from what I could see, is fine, but for other folks to bear arms in a peaceful demonstration, that is a nono.
        lemon is an unmitigated IDIOT!

    • Ralph April 24, 2020, 9:55 am

      Well Said……

    • Joe April 24, 2020, 10:36 am

      I agree. I live in Pa. and saw the news coverage of protestors at the state capitol in Harrisburg carrying AKs; ARs and shotguns. What message are they trying to send? That if the shelter in place directives aren’t lifted there will be an armed insurrection? It’s irresponsible actions like the above that turn public opinion against responsible gun owners.

    • Boss April 24, 2020, 10:37 am

      And, when would be a good time to carry?

  • Rob April 24, 2020, 7:32 am

    Don lemon is an ignorant piece of $#!t.

  • Al Friend April 24, 2020, 7:18 am

    So where was Mr. Lemon when over 60,000 died of the flu? I didn’t see him asking everyone be locked up. Plus why is he on the air? He is an editorialist and thus not essential. If he wants hard working Americans to not have a job or paycheck, then let’s be fair. Don gets no paycheck until the USA is under 5% unemployment. Same with all our wonderful politicians, their staff, these so-called medical experts, and the folks who make these models that haven’t yet been right.

    • Willy April 24, 2020, 10:09 am

      You are 100% correct. People like Lemon and government people are not feeling the pinch. They are making far better salaries than the average citizen. They are not feeling the pinch. They are not sacrificing, yet they tell everyone else to sacrifice. People like us need to be proactive against them. More people need to realize they are full of crap and need not be listened to or respected for their blabbering.

    • David April 24, 2020, 3:44 pm

      Only if you are willing to apply the same rule to Fox News. Somehow I think that is unlikely.

  • John Himes April 24, 2020, 7:05 am

    Those people don’t think, they know, they are American citizens guaranteed rights of freedom of assembly, freedom of speech, the right to keep and bear arms. The Mr. Lemon has no problem at all exercising his 1st Amendment right to free speech and has a national platform to do it. The majority of folks do not enjoy the platform the Mr. Lemon does.their alternative is to gather and protest to let their voice be heard.

  • Robert April 24, 2020, 6:50 am

    Well Don once again you’ve confused apples and oranges. The problem here is not that people are protesting, or even how they are protesting, it is WHAT they are protesting. CK’s kneeling simply represents a person disagreeing with football in general, in particular owners, how much they are paying, and how poor little unlikable CK cannot find a job within that network.

    That’s a far cry from people who are protesting petty dictators who are trying to take their RIGHTS. Take them every day, and take them in every manner possible. From “you cannot walk outside” to “you cannot be in groups” to “you cannot fish by yourself” and “you cannot get a haircut”..

    Taking one’s rights, and crying because you don’t like the way a game is set up are TWO ENTIRELY DIFFERENT ANIMALS. YOU MORON.

    • Solo April 24, 2020, 9:52 am

      Actually, taking a knee was to protest about Police Brutality. Especially amongst the black community. Soooo you have confused apples to oranges…………

      • Kane April 24, 2020, 10:48 am

        Actually Kaperneck stated his “protest” sitting during the National Anthem. That’s the same guy that gets a big check from Nike while the corporate Goliath exploits impoverished populations. So I do NOT give a flip what Kaepernick’s specific grievance was supposed to be before others came in and tried to make it a more respectable form of protest.

    • Willy April 24, 2020, 10:10 am

      Bravo! Excellent comment. You are correct.

  • john c sabin April 24, 2020, 6:21 am

    Well put Mr. Drider. I’ve got nothing more to add,


  • Will Drider April 24, 2020, 2:34 am

    The people carrying arms were protesting PEACEFULLY. The only difference between the protesters he likes and hates are those that exercise their 2A Rights at the same time as their 1A Rights. So whay doesent he just say he hates anything thats connected ith guns and quit his grandstanding.

    Let’s not forget kaperdick did his kneeling in front of hundreds of thousands of spectators …. to get ATTENTION to his Message. Guess what don? They used a different tactic (lawful display of firearms) and got your attention and that of other bias media that would otherwise ignore their message. Thanks for taking the bait now go meltdown in your safe space because the threat you perceive is only in your head.

    • X-Road April 27, 2020, 2:53 pm

      Bravo Will !!! Well stated !

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