CNN fired Don Lemon after fiery debate with GOP candidate, Vivek Ramaswamy, over his speech at a National Rifle Association event. Lemon accused Ramaswamy of being reductive and insulting.
DON LEMON: I don't really see what one has to do with the other. Especially consider and using the Civil War to talk about black Americans, that war was not fought for black people to have guns. That's that's that's not
VIVEK RAMASWAMY: That war was fought for black people to have freedoms in this country. Yeah, actually, that's why. The Civil War was fought.
DON LEMON: Okay. For black people to have guns I think.
VIVEK RAMASWAMY: Actually you know, funny fact is black people did not get to enjoy the other freedoms until their Second Amendment rights were secured. And I think that that's one of the lessons, that
DON LEMON: We aren't allowed to enjoy the freedoms.
VIVEK RAMASWAMY: I disagree with you on that, don, I disagree with you. I think you're doing a disservice to our country by failing to recognize the fact that we have.
DON LEMON: When you are in Black skin and you live in this country then you can disagree with me, but we’re not. You mentioned there are three different shades of melanin here?
VIVEK RAMASWAMY: I disagree. Don I think we have to be able to talk about these issues in the open regardless of the color of our skin. Black Americans today, to say that, compare that to 1865 and 1964, absolutely have equal rights in this country.