On Friday’s edition of CNN’s New Day, Don Lemon, suggested it’s okay to hurl vile racist slurs against GOP Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., in private. At the same time, he falsely accused the GOP of “trafficking in racism” and insurrection, like a good lying Marxist CNN propagandist.  Don Lemon Tim Scott

“Well, I think — ‘Oreo’ is that he’s black on the outside, and he’s white on the inside. So I think that has to do with how you stand on social issues — issues that affect African Americans. If you’re voting against your own interests — if you are upholding a party that has not — trafficking — has been trafficking in racism — an insurrectionist party that’s trying to restrict the voting rights for people who look like you. So African Americans understand what he is saying. I don’t think that they would agree that they should be saying it that way, especially publicly,” he said.

So, it’s NOT okay to hurl racist slurs at Scott in public, which means it must be okay to do it in person.

He doubled down, suggesting that it’s okay for some to use the term privately, but not in public, explaining that it’s bad for the Democrat Party, not that it’s wrong on principle.

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“Now, I’m going to be honest, if you’re sitting around the kitchen table and you’re black and you’re with other black people, they may say the same thing, like, ‘What is wrong with this you-know-what?’ The term that he used. But I don’t think it should be used publicly. I think it is damaging to Democrats if they are trying to do that and give Republicans talking points. Tim Scott should be held accountable for what he’s doing and if he is voting against the interests of his own people. That is something that is valid and should be talked about. The name-calling is different. It should be kept out of the public sphere,” he said.

Here’s video, courtesy of Newsbusters:

Here’s a transcript, as provided by Brad Wilmouth:

BRIANNA KEILAR: Don, I want to know what you think about this Democratic party chair in a Texas county who said — and let’s keep in mind he apologized for this, but he called a Republican Senator, Tim Scott — who is black and gave the rebuttal to Joe Biden’s joint address to Congress — he called him an “Oreo.” This is the Democratic party chair. What did you think about that?

DON LEMON (after sighing): Oh, God, it’s early for these. I mean, do we —

KEILAR: You think it’s early? (laughs) Come on!

LEMON (after laughing): No, I think it’s — obviously, you don’t need the name-calling, and anytime you call someone a name — anytime you do that, you don’t want to become them So you stoop to their level — you give your competitors ammunition, and you give them a talking point, and you become them. So I don’t think — I don’t think it’s helpful to call anyone names. There are ways you hold people to account, and you can call people out by not using names. I do that all the time.

KEILAR: Can I ask you about that, though? This idea, I mean, larger than that is when I see those comments from the Democratic party chair, it’s almost as if he’s saying, “If you are black, you should be a Democrat.” Right? He’s sort of saying that —

LEMON I don’t think that’s what he’s saying.

KEILAR: What do you think he’s saying?

LEMON: I think — I think that is a Republican talking point. People say if you are, you know, “If you are black, you should be a Democrat.”

KEILAR: Well, explain, you know, what “Oreo” means.

LEMON: Well, I think — “Oreo” is that he’s black on the outside, and he’s white on the inside. So I think that has to do with how you stand on social issues — issues that effect African Americans. If you’re voting against your own interests — if you are upholding a party that has not — trafficking — has been trafficking in racism — an insurrectionist party that’s trying to restrict the voting rights for people who look like you. So African Americans understand what he is saying. I don’t think that they would agree that they should be saying it that way, especially publicly.

Now, I’m going to be honest, if you’re sitting around the kitchen table and you’re black and you’re with other black people, they may say the same thing, like, “What is wrong with this you-know-what?” The term that he used. But I don’t think it should be used publicly. I think it is damaging to Democrats if they are trying to do that and give Republicans talking points. Tim Scott should be held accountable for what he’s doing and if he is voting against the interests of his own people. That is something that is valid and should be talked about. The name-calling is different. It should be kept out of the public sphere.

“This disgraceful defense of using racial slurs to bully Black conservatives was sponsored in part by USAA,” Wilmouth added.

But to be honest, it is perfectly fine to call Don Lemon a putz in public and in private.

Except for the Yiddish, Cross-Posted with Conservative Firing Line

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