Amid last night’s chaotic protesting and CNN Tonight anchor Don Lemon’s 5-hour marathon in the anchor chair, just before midnight, Lemon compared the protests and rioting to the Boston Tea Party (1773), before noting the “anarchy.”
He began, “When did this country get out of control? When did we lose control of this country? When did we cease to be a country — a group of people who wanted to at least live together in spite of the differences? Because of our differences. Isn’t that the whole reason for the thing? That we are here because we want — because we are different. That we’re supposed to try this grand experiment and let’s not forget, if anyone judging this, I’m not judging this. I’m just wondering what is going on because we were supposed to figure out this experiment a long time ago. Our country was started because . . . this is how . . . the Boston Tea Party. Rioting.
“So, don’t . . . do not get it twisted and think that oh, this is some . . . something that has not . . . never happened before and this is so terrible and where are we and these savages and all of that. This is how this country was started, but we thought that we had at least figured it out and gotten beyond that, where we could live together in some sort of democracy, but this is not democracy. This is, quite frankly, anarchy.”
CNN has assigned Lemon a two-hour special, I Can’t Breathe: Black Men Living & Dying in America, which airs Sunday from 8pm-10pm ET. Follow @CommentaryCNN