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Don Lemon: If You Listen To Conservative Media You Would Think Cities Are Embroiled In Fights And Fires

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CNN hosts Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo chatted about how cities embroiled in violence is a conservative media narrative because they had a good time going out to eat together in New York City.

"If you watch a certain state TV and you listen to conservative media you would think that, you know, entire cities are just, you know, embroiled in fights and fires and whatever," Lemon said.

"We went out and had a great dinner in New York City tonight," Lemon shared. "People actually walked up to us and said thank you for -- I watch you every night. I can't believe -- they thought, they had to do a double take at us actually hanging out and not seeing on the TV screen. But New York City was not, you know, a hellscape, was it?"


"Before people try to twist what we're saying. Nobody is condoning violence here. We know that there is violence out there, but entire cities are not on fire and in tumult. There are a few blocks," he added.

LEMON: And also trying to -- the scary black people out there. When you actually look at what -- and Preet Bharara mentioned it before. The FBI director today testifying about what's the biggest threat, terror threat, and that is white supremacists.

CUOMO: Shh.

LEMON: In this country.

LEMON: But you cannot -- I'm going to do a report on it. Trust me, you know I'm going to get there. But, yes, it's the largest group of racially motivated domestic terrorists.

CUOMO: Shh.

LEMON: But you wouldn't know that because it's scary. There are all these protesters out there. There is all this rioting and looting.

CUOMO: Yes, that's the focus.

LEMON: Well --

CUOMO: You see the faces on those black guys? I mean, they are angry.

LEMON: Yes.

CUOMO: White guys --

LEMON: And you --

CUOMO: -- nobody is worried about them, Don.

LEMON: So, let's talk about that, Chris, honestly, because if you watch a certain state TV and you listen to conservative media you would think that, you know, entire cities are just, you know, embroiled in fights and fires and whatever.

We went out and had a great dinner in New York City tonight. People actually walked up to us and said thank you for -- I watch you every night. I can't believe -- they thought, they had to do a double take at us actually hanging out and not seeing on the TV screen. But New York City was not, you know, a hellscape, was it?

CUOMO: I mean, that one guy ran by with the machete who tried to guess. No, of course it isn't. You know, look, his campaign is be afraid.

LEMON: Yes.

CUOMO: The genius twist by Fox News is that they say that's what we want to do, is scare you, which really enhances the president's ability to do it.

LEMON: Yes.

CUOMO: It is a very beautiful, concerted action between the two of them. It's unfortunate that its point of purpose is to divide the American people.

LEMON: Yes.

CUOMO: There we were having dinner. It's great to be together in the city. We were met by a great group -- a lot of people came up to us. But -- ...

LEMON: Yes, who helped me how to explain better to everybody else about why we can do so much better with the types of testing we're using. And then a miracle happened. So, I'm talking to the doctors, and like all of a sudden, I feel like this -- this, like, breeze that was like almost like the Holy Spirit kind of flying through. And all of a sudden Don Lemon's hand -- I figure I don't know if it's reaching for a gun, or reaching for a hair brush, could be anything.

Before people try to twist what we're saying. Nobody is condoning violence here. We know that there is violence out there, but entire cities are not on fire and in tumult. There are a few blocks.

And when people do that and they, you know, burn things and break into stores and loot, wrong, wrong, wrong on every level, but we want people to know that things are -- things are going to -- are going to get better. We hope with the right leadership. And then, you know, people on November 3rd will make up their minds of what that leadership should be.
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