CNN anchor Don Lemon quickly shut down a segment with Republican Party presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy after the pair engaged in a rather heated back and forth exchange on the topic of gun rights and black Americans. This is how the left responds when someone is well educated on important issues and supports their arguments with reason and facts. Essentially, their brains meltdown and all they can do is immediately go from fight to flight mode.
“During an interview on ‘CNN This Morning,’ co-host Poppy Harlow asked Ramaswamy about his speech last week at the NRA convention. In that speech, Ramaswamy connected gun control laws and the campaign to oppress black Americans after the Civil War,” TheBlaze reported.
“We fought a civil war in this country to give black Americans the equal protection under the law that we failed to secure them in 1776. But then, you want to know what happened? Southern states passed anti-gun laws that stopped black people from owning guns; the Democrat Party, then as in now, wanted to put them back in chains,” he had stated during the speech.
Ramaswamy then spoke with Harlow and said he was making a reference to President Joe Biden’s notorious claim from 2012 where he said Republicans want to put black Americans “back in chains.” Which, of course is the exact opposite of what conservatives want to do. We want the maximum freedom possible for ALL people, regardless of their skin color. The same cannot be said for Democrats who have an entire history steeped in discrimination.
Ramaswamy then stated that he believed the agenda of the radical leftist Democrats, dating back to Lyndon Johnson all the way to Joe Biden, is “really bad for the black community” and “holding black Americans back.”
It was around this time that Lemon displayed his astonishment that Ramaswamy would connect gun control laws to oppression.
“I don’t really see what one has to do with the other,” Lemon attempted to argue. “That war was not fought for black people to have guns.”
“That war was fought for black people to have freedoms in this country, actually,” Ramaswamy shot back at Lemon. “That’s why the Civil War was fought.”
TheBlaze reported that, “The men then embarked on a disagreement about whether black Americans enjoy any freedom today. Lemon argued they don’t, a claim Ramaswamy said is a ‘disservice to our country.’ It was at that point that Lemon attempted to discredit Ramaswamy because he is not black.”
“When you are in black skin and you live in this country, then you can disagree with me,” Lemon responded to Ramaswamy.
“Don, I think we have to be able to talk about these issues in the open regardless of the color of our skin,” Ramaswamy said. “Black Americans today … absolutely have equal rights in this country.”
Lemon responded by making the claim that Ramaswamy was insulting black folks and stated it was “infuriating” to connect gun control laws with the oppression of black Americans.
“The two then argued back and forth over whose version of history is correct. Lemon said Ramaswamy was wrong, but when Ramaswamy asked Lemon to specify what he is wrong about, Lemon incorrectly restated Ramaswamy’s argument, alleging Ramaswamy believes the Civil War was fought ‘only for black people to get guns,'” the report continued.
At the end of the heated segment, Lemon repeated his belief that Ramaswamy had no way to justify his argument because he isn’t black.
“I think we should be able to express our view regardless of the color of our skin. We should have this debate without me regarding you as a black man,” Ramaswamy countered.
“I think it’s insulting that you’re sitting here explaining to me about what it’s like to be black in America,” Lemon replied. He then lectured the GOP presidential hopeful by telling him he was not engaging in fair debate.