CNN host Don Lemon suggested that President Donald Trump spewed so much “propaganda,” television networks could justifiably censor him during his immigration address on Tuesday night.
Trump reportedly planned to speak to the American people and push for a southern border wall as he faced off with Democrats during a partial government shutdown over that issue.
Between Lemon’s show and host Chris Cuomo’s on Monday night, Lemon indicated to his colleague that networks could include selective delays in airing Trump’s speech:
“Listen, I’m not saying that we should do it, but do you think [there] should be — I don’t know — a delay of some sort […] because people will believe it. The president will say what he has to say. People will believe it whether the facts are true or not. I guess that’s the chance you take with any president, but this one is different. And then by the time the rebuttals come on, we’ve already promoted propaganda possibly.”
When Lemon made that initial suggestion, he seemed to cause concern for Cuomo, who squinted in apparent disbelief.
Watch the segment below:
UNBELIEVABLE: Don Lemon suggests that Trump's speech be delayed so it can be edited and kept from Americans.
Chris Cuomo (the voice of reason) corrects him and says wanting a border wall isn't immoral or wrong.
Cuomo giving Lemon a "you've lost your mind" stare is CLASSIC. pic.twitter.com/0nwI8BEssP
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) January 8, 2019
After Lemon made his case, Cuomo defended Trump’s right to argue in support of the border wall.
“And by the way, wanting barriers along the border is not propaganda. It’s not immoral, it’s not wrong,” Cuomo said.
Lemon agreed but clarified he thought Trump used false information to push the border wall. Cuomo went on to argue that limiting the public’s exposure to Trump was “anathema to American political exchange.”