Mark Levin Corrects CNN's Don Lemon: ‘First Amendment Does NOT Protect’ Right to ‘Trespass,’ ‘Harass Someone’

By Michael Morris | October 10, 2018 | 3:01pm EDT
Nationally syndicated radio talk show host, TV host, author and American lawyer Mark Levin (Screenshot)

Nationally syndicated radio talk show host, author, American lawyer and host of the Fox News TV show “Life, Liberty & Levin” Mark Levin corrected CNN’s Don Lemon in a Facebook Note on Wednesday, saying, “No, the First Amendment does NOT protect your ‘right’ to trespass onto a restaurant and harass someone, even a politicians, at dinner.”

“CNN’s Don Lemon exemplifies the disastrous ignorance & ideological state of the modern media… ,” Mark Levin wrote as the headline of his Facebook Note.

“…No,” continued Levin in the Note, “the First Amendment does NOT protect your ‘right’ to trespass onto a restaurant and harass someone, even a politicians, at dinner. The First Amendment and the rest of the Bill of Rights protects the individual against the government. That includes due process and presumption of innocence, which Lemon and his leftist media ilk rejected in the Kavanaugh hearings.”

Mark Levin’s remarks came after “[t]hings got very heated late Tuesday night between CNN host Don Lemon and Daily Beast columnist Matt Lewis over what defines a ‘mob.’” Mediaite reported a summary of their positions, suggesting the following: “Lewis argued that the anti-Kavanaugh protestors who harassed. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) at a restaurant last month engaged in ‘mob behavior’ while Lemon believes they were simply exercising their First Amendment right.”

Below is a brief transcript of the exchange between Daily Beast columnist Matt Lewis and CNN host Don Lemon:

Daily Beast columnist Matt Lewis: “Just imagine what would happen, imagine what would happen— Let’s just put, turn this around.

“Hillary Clinton wins and she names Supreme Court nominees, Republicans are upset. Imagine there is a Democratic senator and his wife at a restaurant and the alt-right, Richard Spencer’s crew comes rolling in, yelling at them, berating them, trying to shame them …”

CNN host Don Lemon: “That’s…”

Lewis: “… into having to leave a restaurant.”

Lemon: “Okay. Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt …”

Lewis: “Imagine that.”

Lemon: “You had me—”

Lewis: “And would you…”

Lemon: “You had me until you said—”

Lewis: “And would you, and would you call that …”

Lemon: “Hold on, Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt.”

 Lewis: “… would you say, ‘Don’t call that a mob. Those are protestors.’”

Lemon: “You had me until you said alt-right. Until you said alt-right, you had me.”

Lewis: “Okay, what about, say, ‘Tea Party.’ Let’s just forget the alt-right. It’s, let’s say, ‘Tea Party protestors’ … .”

Lemon: “Okay, that is a better example than the other one.”

Lewis: “… go to a restaurant, and would we be wringing our hands and clutching our pearls and saying, ‘We can’t call that a, you know, a mob. Those are protestors.’ No, that is mob behavior.”

Democratic strategist Maria Cardona: “How many times has that happened Matt?”

Lemon: “Matt. Woah, woah, woah. Everybody stop. Everybody stop.

“Matt, we already did that.”

Cardona: “Yeah.”

Lemon: “We already said they weren’t mobs.”

Lewis: “They are mobs.”

Lemon: “No. No, no. We already said that the Tea Party people – we went through this, in case you don’t remember …”

Lewis: “No, because the Tea Party people didn’t hound people at restaurants.”

Lemon: “The Tea Party people did hound people. Tea Party people hounded me when I went out to cover them. And you know what I said? It was their right to do it because they’re Americans.”

Lewis: “Don, if they started following you around to restaurants and running you out of places and cornering you …”

Lemon: “I would say they’re wrong because I’m not an elected official.”

Lewis: “It would be a mob.”

Lemon: “I’m not an elected official. If I put my name on a ballot, and I won office …”

Lewis: “They’re going to come after journalists, Don.”

Lemon: “But journalists are not public servants.”

Lewis: “What’s stopping them from coming after journalists, following us around?”

Lemon: “They’re not public servants.”

Lemon: “Is it mob behavior? No, it’s not mob behavior.”

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