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Don Lemon attends the 54th New York Film Festival opening night gala presentation and world premiere of "13th" at Alice Tully Hall on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Don Lemon: Kanye West's Oval Office meeting with President Trump was a 'minstrel show'


WASHINGTON (Circa) — In an interview with fellow CNN host Wolf Blitzer, Don Lemon criticized Kanye West's appearance at the White House and said West's mother Donda is rolling over her grave.

"What I saw was a minstrel show today — him in front of all these white people, mostly white people, embarrassing himself and embarrassing Americans, but mostly African-Americans, because every one of them is sitting either at home or with their phones, watching this, cringing," Lemon said. "I couldn't even watch it. I had to turn the television off because it was so hard to watch.”

Don Lemon on Kanye: I had to turn the TV off

The talk show host accused President Trump of exploiting West when it is clear he "needs help." Although Lemon clarified his statement saying his intent was not to disparage the artist or any mental health battles he is potentially going through.

Lemon said West is someone who "needs to back away from the cameras, who needs to get off stage, who needs to deal with his issues and if anyone around him cares about him…they need to grab him and snatch him up and get Kanye together because Kanye needs help."

"Did you send cameras to the Oval Office and carry it live when Common visited the White House (during the Obama administration)?" Lemon asked. "The only people who covered it were Sean Hannity and his band of hypocrites who are now applauding Kanye West."

Lemon continued saying, "Donda would be embarrassed by this. She was would be terribly disturbed by this and Kanye has not been the same since his mother died."

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