CNN journalist says he's 'obligated' to call Trump a racist

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Cast your mind back to January and you may recall the story of CNN presenter Don Lemon calling Donald Trump a racist live on air.

This moment came shortly after Trump's comments on Haiti and certain nations in Africa which he reportedly referred to as "s**thole countries."

When opening his show CNN Tonight show Lemon bluntly said:

I'm Don Lemon. The President of the United States is racist.

A lot of us already knew that. 

Five months on Lemon has no regrets about what he said during that episode and believes it was his "obligation as a journalist" to say so.

Speaking at Variety's Entertainment and Technology Summit in New York on Friday, Lemon went into precise detail for his reasoning.

Lemon touches on incidents where Trump insulted black, Mexican and Muslim people and refused to condemn white supremacists.

He stated during the summit:

It’s tough when you have more respect for the office than the person who’s sitting in the office.

If you have the evidence that shows you, that indicates, that leads you to nothing else but this president being racist, then I feel it’s my obligation as a journalist to say it.

On that night I said it, and I don’t regret saying it, I believe that to be true.

HT Huffington Post

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