As reported by Pluralist
Tea Party activist Katrina Pierson responded to news that CNN host Don Lemon is engaged to boyfriend Tim Malone by referencing remarks Lemon made last year, in which he said “the biggest terror threat in this country is white men.”
Lemon, 53, shared the news Saturday in an Instagram post. He said Malone had proposed a day earlier while they were celebrating the real estate agent’s 35th birthday.
“He gave me a present on his birthday. How could I say no?” Lemon wrote.
Pierson, national spokesperson for the Donald Trump 2016 presidential campaign, replied to a tweet from New York Magazine journalist Yashar Ali, in which the latter congratulated Lemon on his engagement to Malone, who is white.
— Katrina Pierson (@KatrinaPierson) April 8, 2019
“The biggest terror threat in this country is white men…and we have to start doing something about them,” wrote Pierson, quoting Lemon.
Lemon’s remarks about white men came during an on-air discussion in October with fellow CNN host Chris Cuomo about the caravan of migrants approaching the U.S.-Mexico border.
“We keep thinking that the biggest terror threat is something else – some people who are marching toward the border like it’s imminent,” Lemon said. “The last time they did this, a couple hundred people came and they, most of them didn’t get into the country. Most of them got tuckered out before they made it to the border.”
“We have to stop demonizing people and realize that the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right, and we have to start doing something about them,” he added, citing the race of the perpetrators of two shootings, at a Pittsburgh synagogue and a Kentucky grocery store, in October. Both of the suspects were white men.
The CNN anchor’s comments sparked backlash, and the network declined to comment. Lemon would double down on his remarks later that month, citing studies on domestic terrorism after Sept. 11, 2001, which he claimed proved his assertion.
“I said that the biggest terror threat in this country comes from radicals on the far right, primarily white men. That angered some people,” Lemon said. “But let’s put emotion aside and look at the cold hard facts. The evidence is overwhelming.”
“Even though more people died in attacks by Islamic extremists (119 vs 106), the vast majority of deadly attacks in this country from 2001 to 2016 (62 vs. 23) were carried out by far-right violent extremists,” Lemon added.
2,977 people died on Sept. 11 in an attack perpetrated by radical Islamic terrorists.