Tucker Blasts CNN’s Don Lemon for Acting Like a ‘Holy Victim’ With Smollett

On Thursday, Empire actor and apparent hoaxer Jussie Smollett was formally charged with allegedly fabricating a hate crime. Meanwhile, liberal media folks like CNN’s Don Lemon were trying to distance themselves from their past support, while also pretending Trump supporters were not harmed by the claims. But Fox News host Tucker Carlson wasn’t going to let him get away with it; tearing into Lemon later that night for acting like a “holy victim.”

While purposely mispronouncing his name as “Don LeMon”, Carlson recalled how “after [Smollett] became a victim, everybody wanted to be his friend. Here’s Don Lemon over on CNN bragging how he texts his new pal Jussie every single day. He’s his cell number. That's how close they are. Really tight.

Carlson then played a clip of Lemon when he appeared on Facebook talk show Red Table Talk:

DON LEMON: My concern is for him....and for his well-being. [Transition] Every day I say I know you think I'm annoying. I can show you the text. “I know you think I'm annoying you, but I just want to know how you’re doing. That you’re okay. If you need somebody, you can talk to me because there is not a lot of us out there.” And sometimes he responds. Sometimes he doesn't. He responds and says, “you are not annoying”.

“Well, here’s the translation. ‘Us’ means people who’ve been oppressed in the ways Jussie Smollett has been oppressed. Lemon is letting you know he’s in that group too,” Carlson explained. “Yes, he’s a highly paid news anchor with his own TV show. And yet, like Jussie Smollett, Don Lemon is a holy victim.

 

 

While Carlson seemed to agree that the people hurt by Smollett’s apparent false claims included real victims of real hate crimes, he wanted people to remember that “an entire group of people did get slandered by this hoax. Regular people from outside the coastal cities. People with the wrong political beliefs and the wrong skin color. Smollett and his many defenders savagely attacked these people and not apologizing for doing it.

“But what about the innocent Americans they just poured venom on for two weeks because it matched some bigoted stereotypes they had about middle America? What about them? There’s no mention of them,” he added.

Carlson then blasted Lemon for being more concerned about preserving “the cult of victimhood” than how “his buddy had lied to further divide the country to hurt America.” He then played a soundbite of Lemon clearly upset that people on the right would feel vindicated: "This is playing out every single moment in cable news. Sean Hannity is going to eat Jussie Smollett’s lunch every single second. Tucker Carlson is going to eat Jussie Smollett’s lunch every single second."

“Yeah, because when you tell the truth about a hate hoax, you’re the real hater,” Carlson chided.

The transcript is below, click "expand" to read:

Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson Tonight
February 21, 2019
8:06:29 p.m. Eastern

(…)

TUCKER CARLSON: Well, before he claimed that white supremacists beat him up on the street, most people had never heard of Jussie Smollett. And after he became a victim everybody wanted to be his friend. Here’s Don Lemon over on CNN bragging how he texts his new pal Jussie every single day. He’s his cell number. That's how close they are. Really tight.

DON LEMON (on Red Table Talk): My concern is for him.

(…)

LEMON: And for his well-being. [Transition] Every day I say I know you think I'm annoying. I can show you the text. “I know you think I'm annoying you, but I just want to know how you’re doing. That you’re okay. If you need somebody, you can talk to me because there is not a lot of us out there.” And sometimes he responds. Sometimes he doesn't. He responds and says, “you are not annoying”.

CARLSON: “You can talk to me”, Don Lemon says, “because there is not a lot of us out there.” Well, here’s the translation. “Us” means people who’ve been oppressed in the ways Jussie Smollett has been oppressed. Lemon is letting you know he’s in that group too. Yes, he’s a highly paid news anchor with his own TV show. And yet, like Jussie Smollett Don Lemon is a holy victim.

So, there’s a mad scramble over who’s the victim here. Who is the victim? Well, there is one. What Smollett did is not a victimless crime. There’s no such thing as that. An entire group of people did get slandered by this hoax. Regular people from outside the coastal cities. People with the wrong political beliefs and the wrong skin color. Smollett and his many defenders savagely attacked these people and not apologizing for doing it.

Instead, they are telling you, and hearing it everywhere, that the real losers here are the authentic victims of hate crimes who won't be believed the next time. Okay. That's fine. But what about the innocent Americans they just poured venom on for two weeks because it matched some bigoted stereotypes they had about middle America? What about them? There’s no mention of them.

Don Lemon would very much like to keep up those attacks on those people. Attacking them allows him to feel oppressed. That is why, when Smollett was finally caught, Lemon reacted in a puzzling way. He didn't seem especially concerned that his buddy had lied to further divide the country to hurt America, which he did. No, that wasn't the real problem. The real problem, according to Don Lemon is that Smollett’s arrest might discredit the cult of victimhood.

LEMON: This is playing out every single moment in cable news. Sean Hannity is going to eat Jussie Smollett’s lunch every single second. Tucker Carlson is going to eat Jussie Smollett’s lunch every single second.

CARLSON: Yeah, because when you tell the truth about a hate hoax you’re the real hater.

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