Lemon tried to respond by saying that Setmayer is a conservative, but that still does not excuse the rhetoric and what Lemon did.
Former Trump advisor and current CNN political commentator Steve Cortes criticized Don Lemon for what he said about Kanye West after the rapper’s meeting with President Trump during Lemon’s show Thursday night.
“You know, Don, you said this meeting was embarrassing,” Cortes started. “I think quite frankly what’s embarrassing is the condescension you’ve shown to Kanye West — someone who I think is a brave and independent thinker, a creative genius.”
Cortes then brought up Tara Setmayer’s comments on Lemon’s show from Tuesday when she called West “the token negro of the Trump administration.”
“And for you and a lot of guests to dismiss him as a ‘token negro’ and to question his mental stability when you’re not doctors, when you haven’t examined him, I think is really unfortunate,” he added. “And it’s an example, unfortunately, that is all too common on the Left … When a minority doesn’t tow the party line, they are vilified and dismissed.”