CNN’s Don Lemon was visibly emotional on Monday when he addressed the controversy between President Donald Trump and Myeshia Johnson, the grieving widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed in an ambush in Niger.
Lemon shared an open letter to both Trump and Myeshia Johnson, stating that he knew the president watched his show and that he wanted to use that fact to reach out.
“Dear Mr. President, I interviewed you multiple times. You’ve introduced me to your family. You’ve also criticized me publicly, both in front of cameras and on Twitter, calling me ‘hateful’, ‘dumb’, a ‘lightweight’,” Lemon said before adding, “We know you get a lot of your news from TV. Several of your friends and supporters have told me you watch this show. So since I have this platform, I’d like to speak to you personally right now.”
He continued, “I feel compelled to do that after this latest controversy with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson. Your tweet this morning essentially called her a liar. Mr. Trump, please stop it. Please, stop. Think of what Sgt. Johnson would want.”
The clearly emotional Lemon then went on to address Myeshia Johnson, speaking about her husband’s heroism before saying, “And to be extremely candid with you and with the world, as a Black man I’m always looking for role models who look like me and the latest one I found was your husband, La David. May he rest in peace and may you find peace when you can finally get a good night’s sleep knowing that this is America. We got your back. Believe that. Signed, me, Don Lemon.”