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Don Lemon: I've Had To "Get Rid" Of Pro-Trump Friends, They Have To "Hit Rock Bottom Like An Addict"


CNN host Don Lemon said he just can't do it anymore when it comes to having people who support Donald Trump's policies in his life. In a talk with CNN colleague Chris Cuomo on Thursday, Lemon said if they "get help" and "come back" and are "willing to live in reality" then he would welcome them back with open arms.

DON LEMON, CNN: You know what the sad thing is? And I'll be honest with you. I have many people who I love in my life. Yes, I come from a red state. I've lived in several red states. There are a lot of friends that I had to get rid of because they are so nonsensical when it comes to this issue.

They have the whole -- every single talking point that they hear on state TV and that they hear from this president. They repeat it and they are blinded by it. And I just can't -- when I said to you the other night there is no way they can't believe it. They can't, you know, I was just goosing you in a way, right? You know what they say, I was, you know -- breaking your, you know, you know what I'm talking about.

But here is the thing. I had to get rid of them, because they are too far gone. I try and I try and I try. They'll say something really stupid and then I'll show them the science and I'll give them the information, and they still repeat those talking points.

And all the while, the state was a hot spot. Many -- if you look at the information that we put up last night that came up yesterday, it showed you how the red states have now taken over where the blue states where people came in because there are bigger cities and there's more transmission. Obviously, where there are where people are closer together.

And so now the red states are the problem. And I just -- I had to get rid of a lot of people in my life because sometimes you just have to let them go. I think that they have to hit rock bottom like an addict. Right? And they have to want to get help, they have to want to know the truth, they have to want to live in reality, they have to want to be responsible, not only for other people's lives, but for their lives.

So, you know what? I've had, it's so sad, and I don't know if after this I will ever be able to go back and be friends with those people. Because at a certain point, you just say they are too far gone and I've got to let them go and if they're willing to come back and if they're willing to live in reality, then I welcome them with open arms. But I can't do it -- I can't do it anymore.
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