On Halloween, Don Lemon responded on his CNN Tonight show to criticisms that emerged over comments he made on Monday in an interview with Chris Cuomo on Cuomo Prime Time. Commenting on a shooting at a Kentucky grocery store in which a white man shot two black people to death, Lemon told Cuomo on Monday, “We have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right, and we have to start doing something about them.” This came just days after the country mourned the deaths of 11 worshippers at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, where a man said he had come to "kill Jews." The suspect, Robert Bowers, is now facing 44 indictments in the case.
Lemon said on Wednesday evening, “Let’s put emotion aside and look at the cold, hard facts. The evidence is overwhelming.” Culling statistics from the Government Accountability Office, the Anti-Defamation League, and the media, Lemon asserted that the majority of deadly attacks in the United States over the last 20 years were committed by right-wing extremists.
Lemon concluded on Wednesday, “So people who were angered about what I said are missing the entire point,” and added, “We don’t need to worry about people who are thousands of miles away. The biggest threats are homegrown. The facts prove that.”
Lemon referred to the so-called migrant caravan of thousands of people from Central America who are marching towards the U.S. border with the intention of jumping over the line or appealing for asylum: “I keep trying to point out to people not to demonize any one group or any one ethnicity. But we keep thinking that the biggest terror threat is something else — some people who are marching towards the border like it’s imminent.”
The FBI showed in a 2016 report on violent crime that black Americans are indeed more frequently the victims of murder than whites or Hispanics. Of the 16,964 murder victims registered, 6576 victims were white, 7881 were black, and 2367 were Hispanic in ethnicity. The report showed that of the total 16,914, offenders, 5004 were identified as white, 6095 were black; of unknown race there were 5574, other races were 291, while those of Hispanic ethnicity totaled 1553.