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Don Lemon trended in the U.S. on Thursday for saying news journalists must set aside their journalistic standards and treat all Republicans as "dangerous to society".

Appearing on CNN's "New Day" on Thursday morning, Lemon urged the news media to hold Republicans to a different standard than Democrats.

Lemon, a Democrat, said journalists should acknowledge all Republicans are dangerous to America.

"We sit around and we talk about these things and we want to give this false equivalence to Democrats and Republicans. That is not where we are right now. Republicans are doing something that is very dangerous to our society and we have to acknowledge that. We have to acknowledge that as Americans, we must acknowledge that as journalists because if we don't, we are not doing our jobs."

Lemon expressed outrage that Republicans are ignoring CNN's news coverage of the ongoing hearings into former President Trump's role in the January 6, 2021 protests in the nation's Capitol.

"They have a lot to answer for," Lemon told "New Day" hosts John Berman and Brianna Keilar.

"They have to answer for those questions if they come here on CNN," he said. "They must answer for that. If they go on MSNBC, they must answer for that. If they go on ABC, they must answer for that. And they cannot expect to be coddled when they go on to a news organization or if they step in front of a crowd of supporters or voters or Americans."

Question: Do you believe the news media should favor Democrats over Republicans?

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Don Lemon's sexual assault accuser will get his day in court.

On Wednesday, a federal judge set a date for jury selection in the civil sexual assault case filed by former bartender Dustin Hice.

Lemon had asked the judge to dismiss the case, however, the judge denied his motion.

Hice claims Lemon was drunk in 2015 when he fondled himself at the Old Stove Pub, a bar in Sag Harbor. Hice worked as a bartender at the Old Stove Pub at the time.

In his lawsuit filed in the Eastern District of New York in 2019, Hice said that after Lemon fondled himself he rubbed his hand in Hice's face, saying, "Do you like pussy or dick."

Hice claims he fled the bar in shock and was left traumatized by the incident. Hice, who lives in Florida, said his guilt and shame prevented him from working at the bar during his summers in New York.

In his lawsuit, Hice, 41, said he never flirted with Lemon, he is a heterosexual, and only offered to buy the CNN anchor a drink as a friendly gesture.

Lemon, 55, has vigorously denied the allegations and even offered to settle the lawsuit out of court, but Hice refused.

"The plaintiff in this lawsuit has previously displayed a pattern of contempt for CNN on his social media accounts," a CNN spokesperson told Mediaite. "This claim follows his unsuccessful threats and demands for an exorbitant amount of money from Don Lemon. Don categorically denies these claims and this matter does not merit any further comment at this time."

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India.Arie told CNN anchor Don Lemon that she accepted Joe Rogan's apology after she helped to cancel him on social media.

Arie was among social media users who reposted a compilation video of Rogan uttering "ni**er" on his popular podcasts from years ago.

The campaign to cancel Rogan began when he hosted anti-vaxxers on his podcast, including health experts who were against vaccinating children.
 
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Spotify stood by Rogan and didn't blink an eye when musicians Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, and then Arie removed their music from the platform.

However, Arie has had a change of heart.

On CNN Monday night, Arie said she accepted Rogan's apology. She said she was aware of Rogan's "insensitive comments around race before because I'm a podcast listener. I've heard many episodes of his podcast. When I learned about his language, I just tuned out on my own."

Arie said she got upset when Spotify paid Rogan $100 million to bring his popular podcast to the streaming service.

"Many people find it offensive," she said, noting that Rogan is well-compensated while "the vast majority of working artists are paid [peanuts]" by streaming services.

Watch the interview below.
 

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Jussie Smollett testified in his own defense on day 5 of his hate crime hoax trial in Chicago on Monday.

Smollett, 39, faces six felony counts of lying to police -- charges that carry a maximum sentence of 3 years in prison for each count if convicted.

Instead of having a come-to-Jesus moment and showing some remorse on the witness stand, a smug Smollett lied under oath and said "there was no hoax."

He claimed he really was attacked by Nigerian brothers Olabinjo and Abimbola "Abel" Osundairo on that chilly night in January 2019.

Smollett originally told police he was attacked by two white supremacists who called him a gay slur, tied a "noose" around his neck and poured bleach on him. He claimed they yelled Chicago was "MAGA country."

Smollett said he kept the thin clothesline around his neck when officers arrived at his apartment because his creative director Frank Gaston "told me to put the stuff back on as to not mess with the evidence."

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The disgraced actor said he hesitated to call police after the alleged attack because he was concerned over how it might impact his career.

"I want to play a boxer, I want to play a superhero, I want to blow stuff up. The moment I got beat I became a f****t who got his ass whooped."

He said he lost his livelihood because of all the bad publicity.
 
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Smollett also testified that he declined to hand over his cell phone to investigators because CNN anchor Don Lemon sent him a text message saying Chicago police didn't believe his story.

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On Saturday, CNN fired its troubled host Chris Cuomo for helping his disgraced brother Andrew Cuomo dig up dirt on his sexual harassment accusers.

However, CNN is standing by Chris Cuomo's pal, anchor Don Lemon who has his own sexual harassment case to worry about.

Lemon is accused of "vigorously" fondling a man's genitalia during a drunken incident at a Long Island bar in 2018.

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Dustin Hice (left) said he turned down three settlement offers from Lemon and CNN.

In response to Cuomo's termination, Hice called CNN "a predator protecting machine." He added, "They're a network rife with predators and perverts."

Lemon, 55, acknowledged texting Jussie Smollet "every day" in an episode of Red Table Talk in 2019.

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"So every day I say... 'I know you think I'm annoying you, but I just want to know how you're doing. And that you're OK. And that if you need somebody you can talk to me because there's not a lot of us [Black openly gay public figures] out there,'" Lemon said. "Sometimes he responds, sometimes he doesn't. He responded and said, 'You are not annoying.'"

Lemon explained his experience as an openly gay Black man in America.

"I've had fear recently because of the political environment. I get death threats... I have security," Lemon said. "All of these things that happen. Listen, we've always been divided ideologically, but there's something different going on now."

But Lemon turned on his former friend and called him a liar in 2019.

"He even lied to a lot of people... including me. And that's not cool," he told his viewers.

Lemon said Smollett had "lost the fight in the court of public opinion."

"He lost because — not his fault. Maybe people were — I don't know what they were saying to him, maybe because of his representatives. Who knows? But it was handled poorly."

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A "major shakeup" is reportedly in the works at CNN, as part of a $43 billion merger with Discovery, according to reports.

A majority of CNN's anchors/staff will be let go as the channel returns to its former 24-hour news format.

But before we get into that, here's a brief history of CNN's humble beginnings.

Back in the day, over-the-air television was capable of broadcasting 12 channels in Miami (where I lived).

Those 12 channels consisted of the 3 major networks - ABC, CBS and NBC, plus local television stations.

In 1980, 24-hour commercial-free cable television arrived in our Miami neighborhood. More than 20 channels were available for a small monthly fee (about $7.99).

By 1981, nearly 16 million homes in the U.S. were wired for cable TV.

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CNN, the brainchild of Atlanta tycoon Ted Turner, launched on June 1, 1980 and was marketed as the first network in the U.S. to broadcast 24-hour news coverage.

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CNN's first news anchor was the great Bernard Shaw.

Over the years, CNN changed its format from an all-news channel to a reality TV format. The network hired anchors like Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo who routinely became part of the news cycle.

Now, Cuomo, 51, and Lemon, 55, have become liabilities to CNN.

Cuomo refused to report on his brother Andrew Cuomo's sex scandal. And Lemon is being sued for drunkenly groping another man's junk at a bar.

After CNN's ratings crashed into the basement in October, it was reported that a "major shakeup" was in the works.

According to Zerohedge, "CNN is going to revert to a 100% news channel," and most of CNN's on-air talent "will be fired as part of a major shakeup."

CNN's future boss, David Zaslav, vows to be "very hands on" in returning CNN to its former glory.

"For me, this deal is kind of a dream, surreal opportunity," Zaslav said. "These are brands that I have admired and loved, built by people I have admired and loved over the past 30 years."

Cuomo and Lemon are expected to be among the first to receive their pink slips.

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Don Lemon's rape accuser, Dustin Hice, reportedly turned down three settlement offers - including a recent offer of $500,000.

On Monday, Hice appeared on The Megyn Kelly Show where he claimed the openly ghey news anchor offered to pay him $500,000 to remain silent.

Hice claims he was groped by Lemon at Murf's Backstreet Tavern in July 2018. He filed a lawsuit against Lemon in a Suffolk County Court in 2019. The lawsuit is still pending.

Hice says he turned down the settlement offers because he's not after Lemon's money.

Instead, Hice wants peace and an admission of guilt or an apology after allegedly being violated by the CNN Newsroom Live host.

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Hice stopped short of calling Lemon an unrepentant narcissist who drunkenly fondles men in bars.

"This isn't about me trying to get money... At this point, I just want my life back. I don't see any kind of settlement happening without an admission of guilt or an apology, but I seriously doubt with his ego and pride that's going to happen."

The 55-year-old news anchor has vigorously denied the allegations.

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Don Lemon categorically denied sexually assaulting a man during a drunken incident in a bar in the Hamptons.

Dustin Hice, a strikingly handsome ghey man, claims he was groped by Lemon at Murf's Backstreet Tavern in July 2018.

In his lawsuit filed in Suffolk County Court on Aug. 11, 2019, Hice's lawyer wrote:

"[Lemon] put his hand down the front of his own shorts, and vigorously rubbed his genitalia, removed his hand and shoved his index and middle fingers into Plaintiff’s mustache and under Plaintiff's nose.

"Lemon intensely pushed his fingers against Plaintiff's face under Plaintiff's nose, forcing Plaintiff's head thrust backward as Defendant repeatedly asked Plaintiff 'Do you like p***y or d**k?' While saying this, Mr. Lemon continued to shove his fingers into Plaintiff's face with aggression and hostility."

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However, the 55-year-old, openly ghey CNN anchor denied the allegations through a spokesperson.

"Don categorically denies these claims," the spokesperson told USA TODAY on Tuesday.

"The plaintiff in this lawsuit has previously displayed a pattern of contempt for CNN on his social media accounts. This claim follows his unsuccessful threats and demands for an exorbitant amount of money from Don Lemon."

But Hice claims he is not suing Lemon for a quick come up.

"I'm not doing this for notoriety or fame, I'm doing this because I'm standing up for myself and what I believe in," Hice told Fox News last year.

Hice said he suffered "severe emotional stress and loss of future earnings and opportunities," due to Lemon's aggressive flirting.

"I've grown a new respect for people dealing with mental health issues because stress, depression, anxiety, those are all very serious things. It consumed my life," Hice said.

After years of procedural delays, Hice's lawsuit is set to go to trial in 2022.

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Many of you asked what happened to the sexual assault lawsuit filed by a man against CNN anchor Don Lemon.

Two years have passed since Dustin Hice filed the lawsuit accusing Lemon of sexual assault and battery.

In his lawsuit Hice claims the incident occurred at Murf's Backstreet Tavern in the Hamptons in July 2018.

The lawsuit was filed in Suffolk County Court on Aug. 11, 2019, theJasmineBrand reports.

Hice's attorney writes:

"[Lemon] put his hand down the front of his own shorts, and vigorously rubbed his genitalia, removed his hand and shoved his index and middle fingers into Plaintiff’s mustache and under Plaintiff's nose.

"Lemon intensely pushed his fingers against Plaintiff's face under Plaintiff's nose, forcing Plaintiff's head thrust backward as Defendant repeatedly asked Plaintiff 'Do you like p***y or d**k?' While saying this, Mr. Lemon continued to shove his fingers into Plaintiff's face with aggression and hostility."

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Lemon and his co-anchor, Chris Cuomo, lashed out at social media users for putting them both on blast.

On Tuesday night, Lemon and Cuomo called for social media to be regulated.

"You shouldn't just be able to spread things about people that's not true," Lemon said.

"It has a big influence on someone's livelihood, their credibility, their career, even their lives. So I think it should be regulated. I've always thought that. I don't think I should be able to go on Twitter or Facebook or Instagram and say whatever I want about Chris Cuomo whether it's true or not."

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Nicki Minaj doxxed a newspaper reporter who contacted her cousin to say CNN was threatening to expose him.

Nicki has been under fire for her claim that a friend of her cousin's experienced impotency and swollen testicles after getting the Covid-19 mRNA vaccine.

Nicki's tweets sparked denials from the CDC, Dr. Anthony Fauci and the White House. She was reported booted off Twitter twice.

The drama boiled over on Friday after a Trinidad-based reported, Sharlene Rampersad contacted Nicki's cousin via WhatsApp to request an interview.

When the unidentified cousin ignored the reporter's interview request, she wrote:

"CNN is in the country looking for you. And when they find you, they won't hesitate to reveal where you live where your gf lives... anything and anyone who is tied to you."

Rampersad promised not to reveal his contact info to CNN if he spoke with her.

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Nicki was livid. She took to social media and shared screengrabs of the WhatsApp conversation between the reporter and her cousin.

Nicki claimed her cousin is now in hiding from CNN and she accused the reporter and CNN of "threatening my family in Trinidad". She added, "it won't bode well for you."

In another post on her Instagram Story, Nicki called the reporter a "dirty h*e" and published her phone number.

The reporter responded: "I will be taking you to court @nickiminaj."

Nicki's "Barbz" reportedly called the reporter's number and tagged CNN in their tweets.

One Twitter user wrote:

"Apparently, the real issue for CNN is that Nikki engaged in Free Speech (yes, I disagree with her stance on COVID, but, she's entitled to it)."

Another person tweeted:

"I have always been a CNN supporter & thought the left had some sense but this situation with Nicki Minaj has opened my eyes that main stream media is all about pushing their agendas and tearing apart and LYING on anyone who doesnt fit their agenda."

And a third person wrote:

"@CNN and @Guardian are literally harassing and THREATENlNG Nicki Minaj's family in Trinidad if her they do not talk to them! How is this legal?! It needs to stop NOW."

Nicki also dragged CNN host Don Lemon for criticizing her on his program.

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CNN anchor Don Lemon is livid after Vatican officials refused to bless same-sex unions.

The leaders of the Catholic Church announced the ruling on Monday, March 15, as part of a two-page decree signed by Pope Francis.

The ruling stated God "cannot bless sin", calling any such blessing "not licit."

The Vatican said the church should be welcoming toward gay people, "with respect and sensitivity," but not endorse their unions.

Lemon was a guest on ABC's "The View" where he promoted his new book, addressing racism in America.

Switching to the Vatican's ruling, Lemon, who is in a same-sex marriage, said the ruling was "wrong" and he called on the Vatican to "reexamine themselves and their teachings."

He added:

"I respect people's right to believe in whatever they want to believe in their God. But if you believe in something that hurts another person or that does not give someone the same rights or freedoms, not necessarily under the Constitution, because this is under God, I think that that's wrong."

He continued: "God is not about hindering people or even judging people."

"We have to start being realistic about God and the Bible," he said. "If you are a person of faith in this country, and we know America is built on faith and religious freedom, a good way of starting is to present the true identity of Jesus."

Lemon went on to describe Jesus as "a Black or brown person."

"[Jesus] is a black or brown person, rather than someone who looks like a white hippy from Sweden or Norway. We should start with that and put that in your home, either a Black Jesus or Brown Jesus. Jesus looked more like a Muslim or someone who is dark, rather than a blonde-looking carpenter."
 

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Jacob Blake's mother Julia Jackson stunned CNN anchor Don Lemon when she apologized to President Donald Trump live on his program Wednesday night.

Lemon is a very vocal Trump critic who frequently uses his platform to attack Trump's policies.

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Blake, 29, was shot 7 times in the back by a Kenosha, Wisconsin police officer on Sunday. He is paralyzed from the waist down and suffered extensive internal injuries.

"He had a bullet go through some or all of his spinal cord," attorney Patrick Salvi said. "He has holes in his stomach, he had to have nearly his entire colon, small intestines removed, damage to kidney and liver, and was shot in the arm."

Salvi said Blake will undergo more surgeries and has a long road to recovery ahead of him. The family plans to file a civil suit against the city and the police department.

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Jackson, accompanied by attorney Benjamin Crump, appeared on Lemon's CNN program via Skype on Wednesday night. She denounced the violent protests and looting in her city.

But she stunned Lemon when she apologized to Trump for missing his phone call. Jackson also apologized for the behavior of a family member who criticized Trump.

"My family and I are very hurt. And quite frankly disgusted," she told Lemon. "And as his mother, please don't burn up property and cause havoc and tear your own homes down in my son's name. You shouldn't do it, people shouldn't do it anyway, but to use my child or any other mother or father's child - our tragedy - to react in that manner, it's just not acceptable," she said.

She said the ongoing violence was not helping her son or anyone else who has suffered from alleged police brutality.

When asked by Lemon whether she had a message for any politicians, including Trump, Jackson apologized to "our President Trump" on behalf of a family member who had said something that was "not kind."

"She is hurting, and I do apologize for that," Jackson said, adding, "That does not reflect our behavior."

She continued, "for President Trump, I'm sorry I missed your call because had I not missed your call, maybe the comments that you made would have been different, and I'm not mad at you at all. I have the most respect for you as the leader of our country."

Recent polls show 37% of Black Americans approve of President Trump. Only 8% of Black voters approved of Trump in 2016.
 

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CNN anchors Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo sounded the alarm about new polling that shows the Democrats' chances of winning in November are slipping away due to the riots.

Lemon pleaded with Democratic nominee Joe Biden to do something about Black Lives Matter activists because the ongoing riots are hurting the Democrats' chances in the upcoming elections.

Lemon cited polling that shows Americans are turning away from the Democratic Party after months of anti-police rioting following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Kenosha, Wisconsin exploded like a powder keg after an unarmed Black man was shot 7 times in the back by a police officer on Sunday.

Kenosha residents and business owners armed themselves and fired "warning shots" at protesters on Tuesday night. 2 protesters, both white males, were shot dead and one wounded in separate shootings.

Liberals are finally realizing that supporting rioters may not be the best strategy to win the election.

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo said, "I think [the riots] probably represents the biggest threat to the Democratic cause."

Lemon agreed, saying, "Kenosha is a Rorschach test for the entire country, and I think this is a blind spot for Democrats. I think Democrats are ignoring this problem or hoping that it will go away, and it's not going to go away."

He pushed Biden to come out of his basement and talk to Americans. But Biden previously said he supports the protesters and he has not condemned the riots.

Lemon suggested Biden's absence from the campaign trail - and his lack of leadership during the rioting - will have dire consequences.

Biden has said he plans to campaign from his basement until the November elections.

"Unless someone comes up with a solution... in the next 68 days -- the problem is not going to be fixed by then," said Lemon. "But what they can do -- and I think maybe Joe Biden may be afraid to do it -- he's gotta address it. He's gotta come out and talk about it. He's gotta do a speech like Barack Obama did about race. He's gotta come out and tell people that he is going to deal with the issue of police reform in this country, and that what's happening now is happening under Donald Trump's watch."

Lemon added: "The rioting has to stop. Chris, as you know and I know, it's showing up in the polling. It's showing up in focus groups. It is the only thing — it is the only thing right now that is sticking."
 

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A debate is brewing on social media on the issue of Kamala Harris's race. Atlanta Black Star recalled the intense debate between CNN anchor Don Lemon and political analyst April Ryan on February 13, 2019.

Lemon and Ryan argued over whether Harris, 55, could call herself African American, Black or mixed-race.

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Lemon concluded that Harris -- the product of an Indian mother and mixed-race Jamaican father -- is in fact mixed race and definitely not African American.

Lemon, 54, shouted down Ryan when she tried to emphatically insist that Harris was African American.

"[Harris] is a Black woman," said Ryan. "She is a mixed-race woman. When you see her, you see her Blackness. But she is also South Asian ... and her dad is Jamaican. She is a Black woman."

But Lemon argued that Harris doesn't share the experience of American descendants of slaves, also known as "ADOS."

"No, no, no, no. I don't think you hear what people are saying. To want the distinction to say is she African-American, or is she Black or is she -- whatever -- there is nothing wrong with that. There is a difference between being African-American and being Black."

Ryan interjected: "So she could indeed be African-American mixed with others, but she is a Black woman."

"Jamaica is not America," Lemon said, interrupting Ryan. "Jamaica did not come out of Jim Crow. I'm just saying."

"She was born here in America!" Ryan shot back. "So, let's talk about [Sen.] Ted Cruz. Ted Cruz was born in Canada and his father —"

"This isn’t about Ted Cruz,” Lemon interrupted her, accusing his guest of changing the subject.

"It's hypocrisy! I'm not changing the subject!" Ryan shouted. "I don't know what you want from me."

"You're missing the point," Lemon told Ryan. "People are asking if you are African-American if you are someone who came out of Jim Crow, out of American slavery. Are you [a] descendant out of that? That's all I’m saying."

Watch the debate between Lemon and Ryan below.
 

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CNN anchor Don Lemon praised Jimmy Fallon for his honesty and bravery after the late night talk show host apologized for wearing blackface during a comedy skit.

Lemon appeared on Monday's "Tonight Show" special episode via Skype as Fallon returned to the show after a hiatus.

Fallon, his voice cracking, apologized for wearing dark makeup and a short afro wig to impersonate comedian/actor Chris Rock during an episode of Saturday Night Live.

"I had to really examine myself this week because a story came out about me on SNL doing an impression of Chris Rock, in black face, and I was horrified," Fallon said. "Not of the fact that people were trying to cancel me or cancel the show… but the thing that haunts me the most was how do I say, 'I love this person. I respect this guy more than I respect most humans. I'm not a racist don't feel this way.' And instead what I kept getting advised was to just stay quiet and not say anything."

"That's exactly what we all need to do is examine ourselves," Lemon said. "That was really honest and very brave of you and I appreciate you having the depth really to do what you did in that opening monologue."
 

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Joe Biden is catching heat for falsely accusing Black radio host Charlamagne tha god of "baiting" him into making his infamous "you ain't Black" comment.

During an appearance on CNNLOL, host Don Lemon allowed Biden to falsely accuse Charlamagne without challenging him.

Biden made the racist remark during a Skype chat with Power 105.1's "The Breakfast Club." Biden only gave Charlamagne 11 minutes of his time, prompting Charlamagne to complain that Biden doesn't give Black journalists enough face time.

"Listen you gotta come see us when you come to New York VP Biden... It's a long way until November. We got more questions," Charlamagne said.

Biden replied: "You got more questions? If you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't black."

Biden later apologized for being a "wise guy". He didn't blame Charlamagne for baiting him until his appearance on CNNLOL.

"It should be curious to see how Charlamagne tha God reacts to this old white racist blaming him for his racism," wrote Breitbart.com contributor John Nolte.

Nolte added:

"But what I'd be really interested in seeing is if Charlamagne has the moral courage to call Don Lemon out for allowing this old white racist to deliberately lie and smear him in this way."