Don Lemon’s week just keeps getting worse.
The prime time CNN anchor found out just days ago that he’s getting a rather sizeable demotion at the network, despite being of just a few hosts who worked in his coveted time slot. Now he’ll be on in the mornings, fighting for ratings with CNBC, the Today Show, and whatever else people mindlessly stare at as they’re brushing their teeth or sipping on coffee.
Now, after making an embarrassment of himself by trying to tie “reparations” into coverage of the Queen of England’s death days ago, the clip is making a comeback online.
British royals expert Hilary Fordwich stunned CNN anchor Don Lemon into silence with her argument that African slave owners owe “reparations” rather than the British Empire, in a viral clip from CNN’s coverage of the death of the queen.
Conservatives on Twitter found the clip hilarious, as it depicted Lemon getting swift pushback for trying to promote the narrative that the British crown owes reparations for slavery.
Fordwich simply scorched him.
The clip, which gained viral attention on Tuesday though it originally aired on CNN’s “Don Lemon Tonight” around a week ago, began with the host telling Fordwich that “you have those who are asking for reparations for colonialism, and they’re wondering, you know, ‘$100 billion, $24 billion here and there, $500 million there.’”Advertisement - story continues below
CNN anchor Don Lemon received a massive rebuttal from British royals commentator Hilary Fordwich to his claim that many are seeking reparations from the British crown for slavery.
“Some people want to be paid back and members of the public are wondering, ‘Why are we suffering when you are, you have all this vast wealth?’ Those are legitimate concerns,” Lemon stated.
Fordwich agreed that the desire for reparations is alive and well, though those who want it can look to African slavers.
“Well I think you’re right about reparations in terms of – if people want it though, what they need to do is, you always need to go back to the beginning of the supply chain. Where was the beginning of the supply chain?” she asked.
“That was in Africa,” she continued. “Across the entire world, when slavery was taking place, which was the first nation in the world that abolished slavery?” It was “the British,” Fordwich declared, adding, “In Great Britain they abolished slavery. 2,000 naval men died on the high seas trying to stop slavery. Why? Because the African kings were rounding up their own people. They had them [in] cages, waiting in the beaches.”
She concluded, “I think you’re totally right. If reparations need to be paid, we need to go right back to the beginning of that supply chain and say, ‘Who was rounding up their own people and having them handcuffed in cages. Absolutely, that’s where they should start.”
Good luck in the mornings, Don.
You can see the witty retort below:
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) September 20, 2022