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Don Lemon on Dead Pastor: Let That Be "A Lesson" To Everyone Who Is Trying To Defy Authorities

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CNN's Don Lemon weighed in on a Virginia pastor who died from coronavirus on his Wednesday show. While Lemon said his heart and faith in God goes out to the family, he called it a "lesson" to people who are trying to gather in groups and those "trying to defy authorities."

DON LEMON: Good. Can I talk about your last guest just for a moment? My heart goes out to their entire family.

CHRIS CUOMO: Yes.

LEMON: Because it has hit their family. And you know how it is when it hits a family. Luckily your family at this moment better off, and it's going to stay that way, we know it will.

But let that be a lesson that you can have faith, but you also have to heed the warnings of the authorities and the people who -- and the experts. And so, I think that should be a lesson to people who are trying to gather, whether it's 10 or more people in places that you shouldn't do it.

God loves you. God wants you to praise Him and glorify Him and raise His name, but at this moment in our history, at this time, it's better if you do that at a distance. Socially distant. And that means at home or whether it's streaming or whatever, that you shouldn't be doing it.

So, I just say my heart goes out to that family. Bless them, but they should be a lesson to everyone out there who is trying to defy the authorities who are saying don't do it.

CUOMO: It's a big loss to the community. Margery (Ph) and the family are telling the people listen to the warnings, heed the warnings.

LEMON: Yes.

CUOMO: I don't think the guy was a flouter. I think that there was doubt and there are too many who have had doubt with not good enough a reason all over this country, and it continues. And now we'll see it, Don, when we go to the next step of what it's like to re-open, which I'm scared to death about.

LEMON: And you should be.

CUOMO: Because we do not have the testing capabilities down. We will not be safe in any of these places if we can't trace and treat and test. But when they say to wear a mask, people are going to get frustrated.

LEMON: Yes.

CUOMO: When they say you got to wait in these lines, people are going to get frustrated and we're going to have problems until we learn to adjust to the new normal.



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