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Posted: December 23, 2015

Don Lemon silences guest who reiterates Bill Clinton’s affair

Don Lemon: Lemon joined CNN in 2006 and quickly moved through the ranks with coverage of high-profile events — covering the Colorado theater and Sandy Hook Elementary shootings, the Boston marathon bombing, and the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson. His outspoken and social media-savvy persona earned him notice, but in recent years he has frequently been mocked for several interview gaffes. He hosts “CNN Tonight,” and previously hosted “CNN Newsroom.”
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Don Lemon: Lemon joined CNN in 2006 and quickly moved through the ranks with coverage of high-profile events — covering the Colorado theater and Sandy Hook Elementary shootings, the Boston marathon bombing, and the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson. His outspoken and social media-savvy persona earned him notice, but in recent years he has frequently been mocked for several interview gaffes. He hosts “CNN Tonight,” and previously hosted “CNN Newsroom.”

By Jennifer Brett

Atlanta Journal Constitution

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CNN anchor Don Lemon pulled the plug on an interview when the guest veered from discussing presidential politics and instead repeatedly commented on former President Bill Clinton’s Oval Office offenses using graphic language.

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Conservative commentator Kurt Schlichter began talking about Clinton's romantic involvements after he and Lemon discussed Donald Trump's recent comments about Hillary Clinton's "disgusting" bathroom use during the Democratic debate on Dec. 19.

“Don, it’s going to take a lot more for me to get upset at a woman who enabled a guy who turned the Oval Office into a frat house and his intern into a humidor,” Schlichter said in reference to Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky. “You know, I just don’t care. I so don’t care. I would need Stephen Hawking to find the theoretical limit of how little I care about Donald Trump’s silly jokes.”

Schlichter said negative responses to Trump’s comments are “hypocritical pearl-clutching nonsense.”

“I just think it’s silly,” Schlichter said. “Look, he’s running against Hillary Clinton. He’s running against a sexual harasser and abuser’s enabler. I don’t know why we’re not talking about that.”

“Because it has nothing to do with what happened,” Lemon replied.

The conversation continued to spiral downward.

“This is the lowest of the low and it has nothing to do with Hillary Clinton,” Lemon said after attempting to regain focus on Trump's comments. “Can we cut it off? Can we cut if off please?” Lemon asked his producers.

Video of Schlichter and the accompanying audio were immediately pulled.

“Thank you. We’re done,” Lemon said. 

Schlichter later posted a tweet from a site blasting Lemon’s actions to the top of his Twitter page:

Here’s a portion of the clip:

View the full interview here.

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