CNN anchors call President Trump racist

Don Lemon opened his nightly show on CNN with one of the most emphatic and powerful statements ever said on American TV.

“This is CNN Tonight. I’m Don Lemon. The president of the United States is racist.” Those are the strong words Lemon uttered to his national audience.

Lemon’s controversial statement came in the midst of President Donald Trump receiving criticism for calling Haiti, El Salvador and African nations “shithole countries.”

It wasn’t just the open of the show that Lemon made his feelings clear. “They’re not even really surprising. Because this is who Donald Trump is,” said Lemon while discussing Trump’s comments with his guests.

Fellow CNN anchor Anderson Cooper didn’t start his program with the bang Lemon did, but he made it known he was also comfortable to label what Trump said as racist. “Not racial. Not racially charged. Racist,” Cooper said. “Let’s not kid ourselves or dance around it. The sentiment the president expressed today is a racist sentiment,” said Cooper.

The White House did not deny Trump’s remarks, but issued a statement saying Trump supports immigration policies that welcome “those who can contribute to our society.”

According to the Associated Press, Trump made these comments as two senators presented details of a bipartisan compromise that would extend protections against deportation for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants and also strengthen border protections as Trump has insisted.

The lawmakers had hoped Trump would back their accord, an agreement among six senators evenly split among Republicans and Democrats, ending a months-long, bitter dispute over protecting the “Dreamers.” But the White House later rejected it, plunging the issue back into uncertainty just eight days before a deadline that threatens a government shutdown.