In 2018, President Trump bestowed CNN anchor Don Lemon with the dubious distinction of being “the dumbest man on television.” In the ensuing years, Lemon has apparently embraced this honor, because he strives to prove the theory true each and every night on his program.
However, in this case, Lemon may actually be ahead of his time. Because we can guarantee that this will not be the last time we hear about the prospect of adding Barack Obama to Mount Rushmore.
In a discussion about a California couple who have been, absurdly, charged with a hate crime for painting over a Black Lives Matter mural, Lemon and fellow CNN host Chris Cuomo began talking about the conservative media.
“You see the right-wing machine kick in, media kick in and see Trump’s poll numbers go south,” Lemon said. “They kick in with Democratic cities are in chaos right now. Is this what you want from Joe Biden? And they are taking your country away sand they are going to take down statues. Crime is rising. It’s so bad. Oh my, defund police. And the people who you saw there for the most part —not specifically, as a whole, fall for it. They fall for it. That’s why they do things like that. They want to paint over signs and think ‘it’s our country. This is the country that we built.’ Even though a rich diversity of people helped build the country, and many of us, meaning ancestors, for free — did not get paid for it, could not get an education, could not build wealth, are not on statues, Confederate or otherwise, are not on Mount Rushmore.”
There’s a lot to unpack in that stream-of-consciousness flow, but we’re not sure it’s really worth any particular analysis. We only included it to show that, yes, Lemon is still very much in the running for the “dumbest man on TV” award. Blaming “right-wing media” for getting Americans concerned about the Defund the Police movement? “They fall for it”? Uh, Don…it’s actually happening. Not really sure what to tell you.
Anyway, as a blind squirrel will occasionally find a nut, Lemon broke away from his nonsensical rant to say: “I think, listen … if they are going to put someone on Mount Rushmore, considering the history of the country, the first black president should be front and center.”
“Add to Mount Rushmore,” mused Cuomo (who is also in contention for that DMOTV award). “I think that’s first of all, it’s a more salable idea than the idea of taking away Founding Fathers.”
Well, maybe it is. Maybe it is. As much as it would hurt us to see Obama’s lamentable presidency celebrated on the same mountain that pays tribute to those four great men, we kinda get the sense of it. Say what you will about ol’ Barry – and there’s plenty to say – he was the nation’s first black president. First foreign one, too.
We kid, we kid.
If it comes down to a choice between destroying Rushmore and adding Obama…well…
Except, come to think of it, isn’t the big problem with Mount Rushmore that it was built on land supposedly claimed by the South Dakota Indian tribes? Does adding Obama relieve that injustice?
Furthermore, in 2016, Obama said this: “The overwhelming majority of police officers do an incredibly hard and dangerous job fairly and professionally. When anyone, no matter how good their intentions may be, paints all police as biased or bigoted, we undermine those officers we depend on for our safety.”
With statements like this in his presidential past, how long until #44 gets “canceled” along with the rest of the presidents on that monument?
Maybe we should put a hold on the chisels until we see how all of this plays out.