CNN's Don Lemon and regular contributor Matt Lewis got into a heated argument on Tuesday night over civility of all things. Lemon was moderating a panel on public harassment of conservatives and 'mob' mentality in the U.S. when things started to go off the rails
“The Tea Party did hound people. The Tea Party people hounded me when I went out to cover them!” Lemon shot back. “And do you know what I said? It was their right to do it because they’re Americans!”
“Don, if they started following you around a restaurant and running you out of places,” Lewis replied.
“But that doesn’t mean that people don’t get to object,” Lemon interrupted. “That’s your right as an American to object. It’s covered in the First Amendment. It’s like the first one!”
"Will you let me finish? Matt, please! Let me finish," said Lemon.
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"Bring it on. Mind if I have a drink?" Lewis asked.
"You can do whatever you want. You can leave the show if you want," Lemon replied.
"I’m not going to do that," Lewis said.
"Shut up and let me do it," Lemon said.
"Thank you very much," the anchor continued. "In the Constitution, you can protest whenever and wherever you want. It doesn’t tell you that you can’t do it in a restaurant, that you can’t do it on a football field. It doesn’t tell you that you can’t do it on a cable news you can do it wherever you want."
"To call people mobs because they are exercising their constitutional right is just beyond the pale," Lemon concluded.