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Don Lemon Says He Ended Friendships Over Support For Trump: ‘They Have To Want To Get Help’

CNN’s Don Lemon said he had to purge friends who don’t share his political views, claiming “they are far too gone.”


CNN’s Don Lemon, 54, admitted Thursday that he’s ended relationships with close friends over their support for Trump, claiming those who don’t share his same satanic view of the president bear some kind of mental illness beyond repair.

“There are a lot of friends who I had to really get rid of,” Lemon told his colleague Chris Cuomo. “Because they are so nonsensical … I had to get rid of them, because they are too far gone. I try and I try and I try.”

Lemon continued.

“I had to get rid of a lot of people in my life because sometimes you just have to let them go. I think they have to hit rock bottom like an addict, right, and they have to want to get help. They have to want to know the truth. They have to want to live in reality. They have to want to be responsible,” Lemon said. “It’s so sad. And I don’t know if after this I will ever be able to go back and be friends with those people because at a certain point you just say ‘they’re too far gone.'”

Lemon’s divisive comments aired in prime time underscore a moment of historic polarization gripping a nation reciprocally exacerbated by a season of explosive civil unrest in the run-up to a contentious election.

A Reuters/Ipsos poll found in 2016 that 15 percent, or one in six Americans, reported that they had stopped talking to either a close friend or family member over the result of the fall presidential election.