In a viral clip from CNN’s coverage of the queen’s death, British royal’s expert Hilary Fordwich stunned CNN anchor Don Lemon into silence with her argument that African slave owners owe “reparations” rather than the British Empire.
Conservatives on Twitter found the video hilarious, depicting Lemon receiving harsh criticism for attempting to promote the narrative that the British crown owes reparations for slavery.
After Fordwich’s unexpected response, Lemon meekly switched topics without protest, according to observers. The clip, which went viral on Tuesday after first airing on CNN’s Don Lemon Tonight about a week ago, began with the host telling Fordwich that “you have those who are asking for reparations for colonialism, and they’re wondering, you know, ‘$100 billion, $24 billion here and there, $500 million there.” “Those are valid concerns,” Lemon explained.
Fordwich agreed that the desire for reparations is alive and well, and that those seeking it can turn to African slaves. “Well, I think you’re right about reparations in terms of – if people want it though, what they need to do is, you always need to go back to the beginning of the supply chain. Where was the beginning of the supply chain?” she asked.
“That was in Africa,” she went on to say. “When slavery was practiced throughout the world, which nation was the first to abolish slavery?” It was “”The British,” Fordwich declared, adding, “abolished slavery in Great Britain.” 2,000 naval men died at sea while attempting to end slavery. Why? Because African kings were gathering their own people. They had them [in] cages on the beaches.”
She finally stated, “I believe you are correct. If reparations are required, we must go back to the beginning of the supply chain and ask, “Who was rounding up their own people and handcuffing them in cages?” That is, without a doubt, where they should begin.”
Lemon did not respond to her response. He just nodded, said it was “an interesting discussion,” and moved on to the next segment. As Twitter users noted, his silence was remarkable given that the anchor is one of the media’s most partisan figures. Keep an eye on
After hearing Fordwich’s historical lesson, “Dilbert” creator Scott Adams mocked Lemon’s unenthused facial expressions.
“The payoff is his face at the end,” Adams observed.
“Lol at Don Lemons face hearing this s—-,” independent journalist Tim Pool tweeted.
Personality that is conservative “Don Lemon was NOT ready,” former Republican congressional candidate Kimberly Klacik tweeted.
Allie Beth Stuckey, a conservative commentator, wrote, “This is incredible. Don Lemon brings up the royal family’s need for slave reparations. Yes, according to his guest, people should demand reparations… from the African leaders who sold them into slavery.”
“This is so spectacularly perfect that it almost feels like Lemon was set up,” author and podcaster Dave Rubin observed.
“Sure, sex is great, but have you seen the look on @donlemon’s face after getting utterly REKT on the air on slavery reparations?” remarked conservative commentator Jason Howerton.
“And you now understand why Don Lemon was demoted. He’s just not a very bright guy. Congratulations, @donlemon “Joe Pagliarulo, a radio host, wrote about it.
CPAC chair Matt Schlapp asked, “And how about reparations to those who fought alongside former slaves to abolish American slavery? According [to] Lemon’s logic Democrats would need to pay reparations to Republicans. Kinda like it.”