"There is no white guy ban."
CNN host Don Lemon cautioned viewers against demonizing people based on ethnicity seconds before stating that white men are "the biggest terror threat to this country."
CNN's Don Lemon: We have to "realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right, and we have to start doing something about them." pic.twitter.com/CqefzgIntd— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) October 30, 2018
"I keep trying to point out to people not to demonize any one group or one ethnicity," Lemon told fellow CNN host Chris Cuomo in a segment at the end of the latter's primetime show.
Lemon was criticizing the rhetoric deployed by President Donald Trump -- and embraced by a number of Republican lawmakers and media outlets -- depicting the march of migrants from Honduras towards the United States as an "invasion."
Lemon also veered to reference the president's executive order banning immigration from mostly Muslim-majority countries, which had been widely criticized as a xenophobic "Muslim ban," but was nonetheless upheld by the Supreme Court after numerous legal challenges and revisions.
That said, Lemon's attempt to turn the tables on hateful rhetoric might be a disservice to his own point. On the right, Lemon is generally viewed as a partisan grandstander, and comments like these aren't likely to inspire any introspection among his critics.