Don Lemon once again spars with conservative pundit for mischaracterizing Biden’s words

On Don Lemon Tonight Thursday, Lemon once again sparred with conservative pundit Scott Jennings. On Wednesday, Lemon got fed up with Jennings attempting to mischaracterize statements made by President Joe Biden about the MAGA movement in the United States. Following Biden’s speech Thursday in Philadelphia, the two once again butted heads when Jennings ignored what Biden said, and tried to twist the president’s words to mean something they didn’t. Biden made a clear distinction between what he sees as the average Republican voter, and the MAGA Republican.

“You said, I’ve heard you say it today and I heard you say it last night, ‘Well, he didn’t say vote for any Republicans.’ What Republican would he vote for?” Lemon asked Jennings. “Should he vote for the guy in Pennsylvania who is saying that the election was stolen?”

But Jennings continued to try to make it seem as though the president lumped all Republican voters together.

“He tries to make a distinction in the speech between the MAGA Republicans that he hates, and then the Republicans he claims he can work with,” Jennings said. “But the core point of the speech is, you shouldn’t be voting for any Republicans. So how can he go out and say I want to work with some Republicans and not others…” “Did you hear him say don’t vote for any Republicans?” Lemon asked, interrupting Jennings. “Did he explicitly say don’t vote for any Republicans?”

And Lemon pointed out to Jennings that everything he was saying about Biden could be said about former President Donald Trump.

“I’m just telling you, no Republican is gonna be persuaded by that,” Jennings said. “And I think having a uni-party state doesn’t sound like much of a democracy to me.” “Okay, I just think that everything you just said applies to Donald Trump,” Lemon retorted. “Everything you just said applies to Donald Trump.”

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DON LEMON: I'm not letting anybody off the hook.

SCOTT JENNINGS: But you're saying I'm making a weak argument by holding them to account for their own language.

DON LEMON: But it is. You're making a weak argument because you're saying someone who is the President of the United States who is elected because of politics that it is a political speech. That's the whole point of this. It's called politics.

KYLIE MAR: On "Don Lemon Tonight" Thursday, following President Joe Biden's speech in Philadelphia, Don Lemon once again got into it with conservative pundit Scott Jennings. Just a night earlier, Lemon called out Jennings for mischaracterizing Biden's previous statements about the MAGA movement. And lemon felt the need to do so once again.

DON LEMON: You said-- I've heard you say today and I heard you say last night, well, he didn't say vote for any Republicans. Well, what Republican would he vote for?

SCOTT JENNINGS: Well he--

DON LEMON: Would he vote for-- should he vote for the guy in Pennsylvania who was saying that the election was stolen?

KYLIE MAR: In his speech, President Biden made clear that he sees a distinction between the average Republican and, in his words, the MAGA Republican, which Jennings challenged. But Lemon had a retort.

SCOTT JENNINGS: He tries to make a distinction in the speech between the MAGA Republicans that he hates and then the Republicans that he claims he can work with. But the core point of the speech is, you shouldn't be voting for any Republicans. So how can you go out and say, I want to work with some Republicans and not others--

DON LEMON: Did you hear him say don't vote for any Republicans?

SCOTT JENNINGS: I heard him say that--

DON LEMON: Did he say explicitly say don't vote for any Republicans?

KYLIE MAR: And Lemon pointed out that there's nothing Jennings had to say about Biden that can't also be said about former President Donald Trump.

SCOTT JENNINGS: I'm just telling you, no Republican is going to be persuaded by that. And I think having a uniparty state doesn't sound like much of a democracy to me, candidly.

DON LEMON: OK, I just think that everything you just said applies to Donald Trump. Everything you just said applies to Donald Trump.

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