After making controversial statements regarding the Electoral College on Monday night, CNN host Don Lemon stated that his comment, “we’re going to have to blow up the entire system,” was taken out of context, according to The Hill.
The exchange took place between Lemon and CNN host Chris Cuomo.
“We’re going to have to blow up the entire system,” Lemon says to Cuomo.
“I don’t know about that,” Cuomo replied. “You’re just going to have to vote.”
“You’re going to have to get rid of the Electoral College,” Lemon continued. “Because the minority in this country get to decide who our judges are and who our president is. Is that fair?”
“You need a constitutional amendment to do that,” Cuomo replied.
“And if Joe Biden wins, Democrats can stack the courts and they can do that amendment and get it passed,” Lemon responded.
So, Lemon, in his exchange with Cuomo Tuesday night, attempts to clarify what he was actually saying.
“I woke up and I saw all of these headlines, ‘Don Lemon is calling for the abolishing of the Electoral College!’ But I was responding to you when you said we need people with integrity!” Lemon said to Cuomo. “I was responding to you when you said we want people with integrity in office and I said, ‘Well, then we’ve got to blow up the whole system, right?’ And I said here’s what Democrats can do and that’s the danger: they can stack the court.”
“But all of a sudden, I am calling for the abolishing of the Electoral College,” Lemon says. “And that I’m a Democrat because I said ‘we.’ I mean the American people!”
Lemon felt he had to speak on the matter because his critics took a position of the conversation to make it headline material.
“Run and tell this: I do think that we need to look at the Electoral College because I think it disenfranchises voters, both Democrats, and Republicans,” Lemon said. “If you’re in a blue state and all of the electoral votes go to the Democratic person, then the Republicans’ votes aren’t counted, the people who voted for the Republican candidate! So I do think it should be looked at because I think it does disenfranchise certain people. Should it be abolished? It’s not for me to say. I’m saying this is what Democrats are saying; stack, the courts, get rid of the Electoral College. But there is no nuance and no context anymore so who cares.”