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White men are 'biggest terror threat in US', says CNN host


CNN HOST Don Lemon has called white men the “biggest terror threat” to the United States during a broadcast on the American news channel.

Lemon, who was on air with CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, said: “I keep trying to point out to people not to demonise 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.

“We have to stop demonising people and realise the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalised to the right, and we have to start doing something about them. There is no travel ban on them. There is no ban — you know, they had the Muslim ban. There is no white-guy ban. So what do we do about that?”

Lemon’s statements have stirred debate in the United States.

One Twitter user who backed Lemon, tweeted: “Hey Don Lemon, thank you for speaking truth about the radicalisation [and the] threat posed to America by white nationalist and ultra right domestic terrorists. From McVeigh onward, it has been under reported. Your courage is appreciated. Keep it going.”

Another tweeted: “Truth hurts, Don Lemon is right.”

Employees at rival networks are among those criticising Lemon’s comments.

Janice Dean, a meteorologist at Fox News, tweeted: “My firefighter husband lived through the terror attacks on September 11th and is still going to funerals 17 years later. He knows what a terror threat looks and feels like. The comments from Don Lemon are irresponsible, hurtful and disgraceful.”

Some have even gone as far to call the broadcaster a racist.

Despite the backlash, Lemon has not backed down from the statements. Instead he has reiterated that the biggest concerns are homegrown.

He said: “I said that the biggest terror threat in this country comes from radicals on the far right, primarily white men. That angered some people. But let’s put emotion aside and look at the cold hard facts. The evidence is overwhelming."

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