Don Lemon Calls Out 14 Republicans Who Voted Against Condemning Myanmar Coup: ‘Hate That’s There Right Now, It’s All in Plain Sight’

‘What is wrong with the right?’

CNN’s Don Lemon expressed dismay and disgust at a group of far right House Republicans who refused to back a House resolution condemning the military coup that has toppled the government in Myanmar.

On Friday night, the CNN host linked the violent, pro-Trump Capitol insurrection to broader extremist and anti-democratic trends within the GOP.

“I have a legitimate question, okay? What is wrong with the right?” an exasperated Lemon asked. “Why would they spend a week talking about being cancelled because some of them were saying and doing bigoted things, right? How and why would they spend their week doing this? 14 house Republicans refused to condemn a military coup in Myanmar.”

Lemon was referring to a number of hardcore right-wing Congressional Republicans, like Rep. Matt Gaetz (FL) and Rep. Andy Biggs (AZ), as well as QAnon-adherents like Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA) and Lauren Boebert (CO), who voted against a House resolution on Friday that publicly protested the military takeover in that Southeast Asian country of Myanmar.

Lemon pointed out that the Myanmar military tried to justify its coup by citing “voter fraud” in that country’s most recent elections, a not-so-subtle comparison to Trump’s “big lie” about election fraud in the 2020 race. Following up on that, he replayed a CNN report from a QAnon rally in late February, where some Trump supporters spoke approvingly of the Myanmar military coup as a possible model for overthrowing President Joe Biden.

“You, lawmakers, are responsible for misleading those people,” Lemon charged. “The big lie that’s infected the Republican party, that’s why 14 members of what once was the party of Lincoln can’t even condemn a military coup, because the party and its base are still under the spell of a disgraced, twice impeached, one-term president.”

“While America is reckoning with the hate he left us, that’s what’s going on,” Lemon continued, referring to Trump. “It is about a lie. Hate that’s there right now, it’s all in plain sight. Hate that poisons us and erupt into violent anywhere and any time.”

(h/t Mediaite)

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