Don Lemon has once again said something absolutely nonsensical. On Monday evening, Lemon got into a disagreement with Chris Cuomo, who just had former Senator Rick Santorum as a guest on who had previously affirmed the European founding principles of the United States.
America’s Founding Fathers “birthed a nation from nothing,” Santorum told Young America’s Foundation in April. “Yes, we have Native Americans, but candidly, there isn’t much Native American culture in American culture.”
Santorum went on to say that the country was “settled predominantly by people who were coming to practice their faith.” They “came here, mostly from Europe, and they set up a country that was based on Judeo-Christian principles.” On Cuomo’s show, Santorum was given a chance to rephrase what some said was a controversial statement, and Santorum recognized that there where Native American tribes in the continent before, and that he “misspoke,” but that he believes that the “Constitution and the Declaration of Independence” came from the European settlers and their value system.
As Don Lemon’s show began right after Cuomo’s, he appeared outraged that Santorum had not apologized for what Lemon believed to be an “ignorant” comment. Lemon in fact said that Europeans “had nothing to do with the founding of this country, and [Santorum] should recognize that.”
Some might wonder if CNN keeps him around because of entertainment value, or because this is the level of journalism we should all expect from that major news company. Probably a bit of both.
It is interesting how Mr. Lemon can hold two contradicting ideas in his mind, assert them both as true and see absolutely no issue with that.
In this opportunity, Don Lemon ensured CNN viewers that Europeans “had nothing” to do with the foundations of the country. Quite a laughable concept, but it becomes even more ridiculous given that just a few months back, the CNN host was assuring that this country was founded by European slaveholders who injected the principles of white supremacy into the culture, and therefore those racist principles are deeply imbedded in the American culture of today.
Which is it, Don? Did Europeans have “nothing” to do with the foundations of the country? Or did they create it in a way that has infected their evil white supremacist principles up until today?
What seems to be going on in the mind of Lemon is a very deep resentment and hatred for the fact that this country was in fact founded by Europeans, and he showcases his hatred for them and for white Americans quite often on his TV show. He might not recognize this fact, but deep down he feels inadequate and inferior to the men who were able to found this great nation.
Yes, the North of the continent had native American tribes within it, so did the rest of the continent. But there were different tribes generally at odds with each other, inhabiting different parts of the vast lands of the continent. That does not mean they had a fully formed country. They did not. That is the case even for European tribes for thousands of years as well. That is the reality of the history of the world, some tribes were simply better than others at conquering land, those tribes and peoples happened to be European.
For his hatred of Europeans, Don Lemon seems to gloss over the fact that Native American tribes also held black slaves, in fact, some of those tribes sided with the Confederacy in the Civil War. Were those European values that these Native Americans tried to uphold? Or did Europeans have nothing to do with anything regarding the creation of what is now the United States? Obviously, we all know the answer, despite how much the woke left tries to erase and change Western culture.
“The Five Civilized Tribes were deeply committed to slavery, established their own racialized black codes, immediately reestablished slavery when they arrived in Indian territory, rebuilt their nations with slave labor, crushed slave rebellions, and enthusiastically sided with the Confederacy in the Civil War,” Paul Chaat Smith, the curator of the National Museum of the American Indian, told Smithsonian Magazine.