Don Lemon Contradicts 1619 Project: ‘Europeans Did Not Found This Country’

Don Lemon Contradicts 1619 Project: ‘Europeans Did Not Found This Country’


After nearly two years of promoting the 1619 Project’s claim that the United States’ founding began when the British imported African slaves, CNN’s Don Lemon said on Monday night that Europeans actually “had nothing to do with the founding of this country.” 

The idea that British colonists founded the U.S. is dangerous, potentially incites violence, and explains “why you have an insurrection,” he said.

Lemon got into a low-level spat with fellow CNN host Chris Cuomo during the 10 p.m. hand-off between their shows, as Lemon commented on Cuomo’s interview with former Senator Rick Santorum.

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Cuomo invited Santorum on “Cuomo Prime Time” to discuss Liz Cheney’s future in the GOP, but he abruptly changed the subject to Santorum’s viral remarks at a youth event last month.

America’s Founding Fathers “birthed a nation from nothing,” Santorum told Young America’s Foundation in April. “Yes, we have Native Americans, but candidly, there isn’t much Native American culture in American culture.”

He added that the U.S. was “settled

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