CNN host Don Lemon defended militant group Antifa on Tuesday, acknowledging its violent past while saying "no organization is perfect."
Lemon's comments came during a discussion on his primetime show about the group's clashes with neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia last year, The Hill reports.
"It says it right in the name: Antifa, anti-fascism, which was what they were there fighting," Lemon said. "Listen, no organization is perfect. There was some violence. No one condones violence, but there were different reasons for Antifa and for these neo-Nazis to be there. One, racists, fascists, the other group, fighting racist fascists. There is a distinction there."
The discussion arose after it was reported President Donald Trump warned evangelical leaders during a closed door meeting Monday that Republican midterm loses could lead Democrats to "overturn everything that we've done and they will do it quickly and violently."
"There's violence. When you look at Antifa and you look at some of these groups — these are violent people," Trump said, according to an audiotape of his remarks provided to the New York Times by an event attendee.
Posted by Jeffrey Cimmin on August 29, 2018