CNN's Don Lemon: Anti-Trump Violence Against Disabled Man 'Not Evil'

CNN's Don Lemon looks on before a Democratic presidential primary debate at the University of Michigan-Flint, Sunday, March 6, 2016, in Flint, Mich. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

On Wednesday, news broke that a white man was beaten by four black teenagers who streamed the event on Facebook Live and yelled “f*ck Donald Trump” and “f*ck white people” while they did it. Later that evening, “CNN Tonight” host Don Lemon declared that their crime was “not evil.”

The disturbing 30-minute Facebook Live video showed a man tied up and his mouth covered, while his attackers laugh and shout racist and anti-Trump slurs as they kick and punch him — and even cut into his forehead with a knife! The attackers’ alleged connection to “Black Lives Matter” has not been confirmed, but #BLMKidnapping was trending on Twitter.

The Daily Caller’s Matt K. Lewis described the event as “evil.” “That’s what this is, it’s evil, it’s brutality, it’s man’s inhumanity to man.”

At that, Lemon disagreed. “I don’t think it’s evil,” he said, repeating the point for emphasis. “I think these are young people and they have bad home training.” Then, he explained, “I have no idea who’s raising these young people, because no one I know on earth, 17 years old or 70 years old, would ever think of treating another person like this.”

If Don Lemon does not consider this evil, what qualifies? Would he still hesitate if it were a bunch of white people beating up a young black man while yelling “f— Obama” and “f— black people”?