On Monday, Lemon also said that he isn't sure why there isn't a travel ban in place — on white men in the U.S.
What's the background?
Lemon made his initial remarks while discussing the pipe bombs sent to prominent Democrats and the Pittsburgh synagogue mass killing. He also pointed to the Kentucky grocery store murders last week, in which a white man gunned down two black individuals.
“I keep trying to point out to people and not to demonize any one group or any one ethnicity,” Lemon told fellow CNN anchor Chris Cuomo. “But we keep thinking that the biggest terror threat is something else, some people who are marching, you know, toward the border, like it’s imminent.
“So, we have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men — most of them radicalized to the right — and we have to start doing something about them,” he continued. “There is no travel ban on them. There is no ban on — you know, they had the Muslim ban. There is no ‘white guy ban.'”
What's he saying now?
On Wednesday, Lemon said he stood by his initial remarks, despite receiving heavy backlash.
“I made some comments about that in a conversation with Chris [Cuomo],” Lemon said. “I said that the biggest terror threat in this country comes from radicals on the far right, primarily white men. That angered some people. But let’s put emotion aside and look at the cold hard facts. The evidence is overwhelming.”
Lemon went on to reinforce his point of view by citing a report from the Government Accountability Office, among others.
“Even though more people died in attacks connected to Islamic extremists, the vast majority of deadly attacks in this country from 2001 to 2016 were carried out by far-right violent extremists," Lemon said. "Their analysis shows that for every eight deadly attacks by right-wing extremists, there were one by left-wing extremists.
"Those are the facts," he shrugged. "So people who were angered about what I said are missing the entire point. We don’t need to worry about people who are thousands of miles away. The biggest threats are homegrown. The facts prove that."
And CNN — what have they said?
According to a Thursday report by The Associated Press, CNN, which has not commented on the issue, will not comment on the matter in the future, either.
The AP reported that "A CNN spokeswoman said Wednesday neither Lemon nor the network would speak more about [the remarks]."