(Republican Party News) – Political pundits and experts across the board are now pressing for liberal news network CNN to give anchor Don Lemon the boot after his possible connection to “Empire” star Jussie Smollett’s allegedly orchestrated anti-gay, racist hate crime hoax after testimony from the actor.
According to the Daily Wire, “Smollett, who is facing up to three years behind bars for allegedly lying to police, testified under oath on Monday that he did not hand his phone over to authorities following the alleged attack in part due to text messages he received from Lemon, apparently tipping him off about the officers’ skepticism of the alleged hate crime.”
“Former “Empire” star Jussie Smollett testified Monday that he did not immediately hand over his cell phone to authorities partly because CNN’s Don Lemon texted him saying that the Chicago police did not believe his claims that two men attacked him and hurled racial and homophobic epithets at the gay black actor,” the report said.
“… In testimony, Smollett partly clarified why he did not initially give over his phone by stating that “he declined to give his phone to CPD in part because earlier he’d gotten a text from Don Lemon ‘saying he’d gotten a text from CPD saying they don’t believe me,’” according to Chicago Tribune reporter Megan Crepeau,” the report continued.
According to the report, Crepeau then pointed out that Smollett stated he had a private photo on the device, as well as contact information for “my boss, everybody, my mom, my family, my siblings, there are extremely important activists in my phone, extremely important executives and actors and actresses and singers.”
It’s not clear as of this writing what the message between Smollett and Lemon actually said.
The social media backlash for Lemon was recently highlighted by the folks over at Newsweek:
“After Jussie Smollett’s testimony that Don Lemon tipped him off to the Chicago PD not believing his story… he should be the next to get tanked from CNN,” politico and author Tim Young stated in a post published on Twitter.
After Jussie Smollett's testimony that Don Lemon tipped him off to the Chicago PD not believing his story… he should be the next to get tanked from CNN…
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) December 7, 2021
“Jussie Smollett has admitted that CNN anchor Don Lemon warned him that police were suspicious of his story. CNN does not have journalists. It has activists,” conservative Carmine Sabia posted. “Time for [Don Lemon] to follow [Chris Cuomo],” Carmine Sabia said on Twitter.
— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) December 7, 2021
Author Nick Adams remarked, “If Don Lemon tipped off Jussie Smollett about police investigating the hate crime hoax, CNN should fire him immediately!”
If Don Lemon tipped off Jussie Smollett about police investigating the hate crime hoax, CNN should fire him immediately!
— Nick Adams (@NickAdamsinUSA) December 7, 2021
“More activism by an ‘anchor’ at CNN,” Joe Concha, media columnist at The Hill, went on to write on social media. “The network needs to now address this publicly as well. These texts from Lemon to Smollett came during an active high-profile investigation. CNN mum thus far.”
More activism by an “anchor” at CNN. The network needs to now address this publicly as well. These texts from Lemon to Smollett came during an active high-profile investigation. CNN mum thus far. https://t.co/2sWSMeM5bD
— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) December 7, 2021
Today we found out Don Lemon was helping Jussie obstruct justice https://t.co/DX7QkltOMP
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) December 7, 2021
This guy absolutely deserves to be booted from CNN. Heck, we just witnessed the company actually fire Chris Cuomo for his actions in helping his brother, the former disgraced New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, with his sexual harassment scandals.
Lemon’s behavior is no different. He is not a real journalist if he is doing this sort of thing in order to help someone vilify a group of people for the sake of politics.
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