CNN’s Don Lemon says Americans who believe Trump’s election fraud ‘lies’ are being ‘played for suckers’
CNN's Don Lemon said that Americans who believe Donald Trump's election fraud "lies" are being "played for suckers."
The anchor, who has often criticized Trump, told his viewers to "wake up" during the election segment on Wednesday night.
"If you believe that this was —the election was rigged despite all of the evidence otherwise, if you believe all of the lies that the president has been putting out on the tweets, again, I don't want to talk down to people, but you are being played.
"The president, state-run media, conservative media echo chambers. They are playing you for suckers because it is not the truth. Wake up, people!"
Lemon went on to insist "no one is looking down at you," telling his audience that "there are people trying to help you."
"You've got to reach out, but you have to believe in facts and reality. There's no way to do it if you don't," he said.
"If you don't, there is no way we’re ever going to come together, and we'll continue in this loop, this feedback loop of disinformation."
He then reiterated his pleas for viewers to "wake up," insisting that he is "telling the truth."
"I'm here to inform you. I am telling you the truth. Wake up, please, for the good of yourselves and the country.
"You know why? Because this president, he's running out of road in his attempt to overturn this election. He's running out of road in the courts, so he is resorting to Hail Mary recounts."
Like many CNN anchors, Lemon has heavily covered the president's refusal to concede and voting fraud claims.
Last week, he allowed a guest to accuse Donald Trump's White House of "acting like a dictatorship."
Lemon's guest, William Cohen's, former Secretary of Defense and Republican Senator, made the comment after Mike Pompeo refused to acknowledge Joe Biden as the clear winner of the 2020 election.
Pompeoflat-out denied the election result and said: "There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration."
Cohen responded saying: "My reaction is the way they are conducting themselves is more akin to a dictatorship than a democracy."
"I think the State Department has been politicized just like the DOD has tried to be politicized, and what we've done to undermine the intelligence community and other agencies," he added.
"I think it’s consistent with what has been taking place for four years now."
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