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CNN's Don Lemon Tells Trump Supporters To 'Read A Book'

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President Donald Trump's most recent controversial remarks got one news anchor particularly riled up.

On his Jan. 11 show, CNN's Don Lemon had some choice words about the president and his supporters, Newsweek reports. He told supporters they can go "read a book."

Earlier the same day, during a White House meeting about protection of immigrants, Trump said, "Why are we having all these people from s**thole countries come here?" reports The Washington Post.

The president was referring to African countries and Haiti, according to The New York Times and The Post, with the latter reporting that Trump's reference also included El Salvador, the Daily Mail notes.

At the meeting, Trump reportedly suggested the United States should instead welcome immigrants from Norway, whose population is 83 percent white, The Times reports, citing CIA statistics.

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In response to Trump's comments, Lemon flatly announced: "The President of the United States is racist."

"Those comments are frankly disgusting," Lemon continued. "They're not shocking, not even really surprising, because this is who Donald Trump is -- this is what he thinks."

Later in the broadcast, during a panel discussion, Lemon pulled the plug on Trump's former presidential campaign co-chair in Virginia, John Fredericks, after he characterized Lemon's reaction to Trump's remarks as "easy and lazy."

"I was going to let him speak until you doubly insulted me," Lemon said to his viewers and to Fredericks. "I don't even need to respond to the 'lazy' comment."

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Justifying his decision to remove Fredericks from the discussion, Lemon said: "We can have this conversation, and we don't need someone who's going to make excuses for racism."

Near the end of the program, Lemon addressed Trump's supporters:

His supporters made excuses, continue to make excuses for him. Some of them are his friends, and I can hear them now, telling me: 'Donald didn't mean that,' 'Donald isn't a racist,' 'I think it was taken out of context'... how many examples do you need of this? But he is a racist.

All of you who over the last few years have uttered that tired, lazy, uninformed, uneducated response of calling me and others who point out racist behavior 'racists,' you know what you can go do? I can't say that. But you can go read a history book. Because you might learn that people from some of those 's**thole countries' were slaves who were brought by force to help build this country.

Lemon was not alone in his revulsion to Trump's remarks. 

Members of Congress from both parties attending the meeting were "alarmed and mystified" by what he said, The Times reported.

Rupert Coville, rights office spokesman at the United Nations, described Trump's remarks as "shocking and shameful," as quoted by the Daily Mail. Speaking to reporters in Geneva, he added: "Sorry, but there is no other word one can use but 'racist.' You cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as 's**tholes' whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome."

Mia Love, a Republican congresswoman from Utah who is of Haitian descent, demanded an apology from Trump.

"We always knew that President Trump doesn't like people from certain countries or people of certain colors," said Democratic Congressman Luis Gutierrez. "We can now say with 100 percent confidence that the president is a racist who does not share the values enshrined in our Constitution."

Sources: Newsweek, The New York Times, Daily Mail / Featured Image: Neon Tommy/Flickr / Embedded Images: Gage Skidmore/Flickr, U.S. House of Representatives

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