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Don Lemon says Trump supporters are like drug addicts who are 'too far gone', Internet warns of 'a** whipping'

Lemon was speaking with fellow CNN host Chris Cuomo about Trump's packed rallies amid the coronavirus pandemic
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CNN host Don Lemon has likened supporters of President Donald Trump to drug addicts who must "hit rock bottom" to realize that they are "too far gone." Lemon was speaking with fellow CNN host Chris Cuomo on October 29 about Trump's packed rallies amid the coronavirus pandemic when he made the comments. Lemon noted that he has lived in several red states and so "there are a lot of friends who I really had to get rid of because they are so nonsensical when it comes to this issue."

"They have every single talking point that they hear on state TV and that they hear from this president, they repeat it and they are blinded by it," Lemon said. He told Cuomo that Trump supporters are "too far gone" and would keep "repeating those talking points" even when he would "show them the science" and "give them information" about the virus."

"I had to get rid of a lot of people in my life because sometimes you've just got to let them go. I think they have to hit rock bottom like an addict, right?" Lemon said. "And they have to want to get help, they have to want to know the truth, they have to want to live in reality, they have to want to be responsible not only for other people's lives but for their lives."

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The Louisiana native said it was "sad" and that he didn't know if he'll ever be able to reconcile those relationships. "I don't know if after this I will ever be able to go back and be friends with those people because, at a certain point, you just say they're too far gone and I've got to let 'em go," Lemon said. "And if they're willing to come back, if they're willing to live in reality, then I would welcome them with open arms. But I can't do it, I can't do it anymore."

Lemon's comments came just hours after the president held yet another packed rally in Tampa, Florida. However, pro-Trump social media users lashed out at the CNN host for his controversial comments. "Don Lemon comparing Trump supporters to Drug Addicts. I am a Trump Supporter, I WAS also a Heroin Addict for about 30 years. I turned Republican when I got clean. Recovering Addicts are some of the best people I ever met. No matter who they voted for," one user tweeted.

"Hey, @donlemon I’ll show you what an addict/alcoholic is. Bring your a** to NC and I’ll give you the addict a** whipping you need! Don’t you dare compare Trump supporters to addicts. You are an ignorant a**hole. People like you are the reason this country is divided!" another added. "Good morning, If you just so happen to be in support of the President of the United States, @donlemon looks at you the same as a drug addict," a third wrote. "@donlemon I’m not an addict. I’m a hard-working American raising three children. I don’t condone everything for which Trump stands @ end of day it’s my job to love and provide. I choose Trump because it gives me the freedom of choice on healthcare and I won’t pay 50%+ taxes. Back off," a fourth chimed in.