CNN's Don Lemon laughed hysterically when panelists on his show called rapper Kanye West a "house negro" and "what happens when negroes don't read" -- one day before West's meeting with President Trump -- which prompted NFL legend Herschel Walker to tweet that Lemon's behavior was "despicable" and ask why CNN doesn't take him and his panelists "off the air."
"Went to bed appalled over @donlemon despicable behavior laughing at @TaraSetmayer and @Bakari_Sellers awful remarks about Kanye West's visit with @realDonaldTrump!!," tweeted Walker on Thursday. "Woke up wondering why @CNN doesn't take all three off the air? #SHAMEFUL #CNN."
On Wednesday, Oct. 10, CNN Tonight With Don Lemon spoke with three CNN political commentators: Bakari Sellers, Tara Setmayer, and Scott Jennings.
Commenting on Kanye West's scheduled meeting with President Trump for the next day, Sellers said, "Kanye West is what happens when negroes don't read." At that point, Lemon started laughing almost uncontrollably, as did Setmayer.
Shortly therafter, Setmayer remarked, "Black folks are about to trade Kanye West in the racial draft, okay? They’ve had it with him."
She also said, "Now all of the sudden because he’s put on a MAGA hat and he’s an attention whore like the president, he’s all of the sudden the model spokesperson. He’s the token negro of the Trump administration.”
Lemon and Sellers continued to smile and laugh at those remarks. Scott Jennings looked a bit shocked and raised his eyebrows.
In response to Walker's tweet, CNN's Tara Setmayer tweeted to him, "Bless your heart. You want to silence me because I expressed a different opinion than yours? Because I called out Kanye for what he is? Uninformed! I'm an actual conservative, who's worked on policy advancing those principles for 20+ years. I'll never be a shill for Trump."
Walker responded, "No ... @TaraSetmayer, anyone that is African American with an opinion different than yours, you want to call them out by using the N-word and @DonLemon is laughing?? To me that’s bullying and shameful!!"
On Thursday, Oct. 11, Don Lemon again attacked Kanye West in racial terms, describing his meeting with President Trump that day as a "minstrel show."
"What I saw was a minstrel show today," Lemon said in lengthy remarks on CNN. "Him in front of all these white people embarrassing himself and embarrassing Americans, but mostly African-Americans because every one of them is sitting either at home or with their phones, watching this, cringing."
"I couldn't even watch it," said Lemon. "I had to turn the television off because it was so hard to watch. Him sitting there, being used by the president of the United States. The president of the United States exploiting him. And I don't mean this in a disparaging way -- exploiting someone who needs help, who needs to back away from the cameras, who needs to get off stage, who needs to deal with his issues."
Lemon further attacked West, suggesting he is not mentally okay, stating, "his managers, maybe some other people who are in the music business who know him, they need to grab him, snatch him up and get Kanye together because Kanye needs help."
"Kanye, back away from the cameras," charged Lemon. "Go get some help. And then come back and make your case. Nobody -- if you want to be conservative, if you want to support Donald Trump, that is your business. But as you're doing it, have some sense with it. Make sense. Educate yourself."
Herschel Walker, 56, was a Heisman Trophy winner, a college football National Champion, and a running back in the NFL. He played for the Dallas Cowboys, Minnesots Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, and the New York Giants. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999.