CNN Guest Uses N-Word With Don Lemon on Air (Video)

Slur is one of many that guest Philip Mudd dropped to illustrate a point about racism

Last Updated: January 12, 2018 @ 11:34 AM

Philip Mudd, former deputy director of the CIA Counterterrorist Center, dropped a slew of slurs in an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon Friday to make a point about racism.

In a lengthy statement criticizing President Trump’s reported reference to “shithole countries,” Mudd stated: “I’ve seen these conversations that this is economic, so let’s be clear, a white honky from Norway can come here but a black dude from Haiti can’t. What does that tell you in an America that in one generation called you a ‘n—er,'” he asked Lemon.

“What does that tell you Don. I can tell you what it tells a honky like me. We’re no different than we were a generation ago and we’re learning the same lessons that we learned when we called a Chinese man a slant-eye, when we called a man from Guatemala a spic and wetback and we called a black man a n—er.”

Mudd was arguing that people from so-called “shithole” countries have historically provided the backbone of the United States economy. He said he proudly stood with them.

Lemon did not react to the torrent of slurs. A CNN spokesperson declined to comment.

Lemon himself famously held up a sign with the N-word on CNN in January 2015 to make a point about the emotions raised by it and the Confederate flag.

In a tweet (of course) Trump denied calling Haiti and some African nations “shithole countries” during a meeting with lawmakers on immigration, though he did concede to using “tough” language.

He earned a swift rebuke from Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois), who was present in the room when Trump made his remarks.

“In the course of his comments [Trump] said things which were hate-filled, vile and racist,” said Durbin in a press statement Friday. “I cannot believe that in the history of the White House and in that Oval Office, any president has spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday.”

“You’ve seen the comments in the press. I’ve not read one of them that’s inaccurate,” he added.