In the wake of the horrific torture of a white man with special needs by four black suspects — which was live-streamed on Facebook — a panelist on Don Lemon's CNN show called the act "evil."
"You just try to wrap your head around evil," Matt Lewis of the Daily Caller told Lemon on Wednesday night. "That's what this is. It's evil. It's brutality. It's man's inhumanity to man."
But Lemon took issue with that assessment.
"I don't think it's evil. I don’t think it’s evil,” Lemon responded. “I think these are young people, and I think they have bad home training."
The host continued:
And I say, "Who's raising these young people?" I have no idea who's raising these young people, because no one I know on earth who is 17 years old or 70 years old would ever think of treating another person like that. It is inhumane. And you wonder, at 18 years old, where's your parent? Where's your guardian?
Once word got out regarding Lemon's theory, some Twitter users were not very understanding:
Hey @donlemon was Dylan Roof evil? Or just the victim of bad home training?— Skip LaCombe (@Skip LaCombe)1483637131.0
Did we all hear #DonLemon & comments...not EVIL but it's from bad home training???? Blows my mind! https://t.co/0JwVb8lbqI— PattyRains-Patriot (@PattyRains-Patriot)1483642390.0
Apparently @donlemon thinks if you get "bad home training" you are completely incapable of distinguishing right from wrong.— Stacey - Collectively Guilty of Nothing (@Stacey - Collectively Guilty of Nothing)1483640070.0
OMG!! SERIOUSLY? @donlemon "BAD HOME TRAINING" Excuses for TEENS 18yr olds that should know right from wrong. This… https://t.co/GPNbTPGExX— Grace Vasquez (@Grace Vasquez)1483617462.0
Four suspects each have been charged with a hate crime in connection with Chicago torture, CNN reported Thursday.
Jordan Hill, 18; Tesfaye Cooper, 18; Brittany Covington, 18; and Tanishia Covington, 24; also have each been charged with felony aggravated kidnapping, aggravated unlawful restraint and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, CNN reported.
Hill, Cooper and Brittany Covington also face charges of residential burglary, the network said, adding that Hill also faces charges of possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
The suspects will appear in court Friday, CNN said.
Chicago police earlier on Thursday said they don't believe the attack was racially motivated despite the suspects yelling “F*** Donald Trump!" and "F*** white people!” Instead, they believe the 18-year-old victim was a target because of his special needs.