CNN star Don Lemon appeared to walk back comments he made about "blowing up the entire system", saying his critics took his words out of context.
During his nightly handoff to colleague Chris Cuomo on Monday,the anchor proposed a solution for voters who are disenfranchised by both Democrats and Republicans.
"We're going to have to blow up the entire system," Lemon said.
"I don't know about that," responded Cuomo, who argued that Americans simply have to get out and vote.
Lemon continued: "You know what we're going to have to do?… You're going to have to get rid of the electoral college."
"Because the minority in this country get to decide who our judges are and who our president is. Is that fair?"
But on Tuesday night, Lemon appeared to backtrack his remarks from the night before and claimed his comments were meant to be a joke.
He attempted to explain his statement to Cuomo: "I woke up and I saw all of these headlines, 'Don Lemon is calling for the abolishing of the electoral college!' But I was responding to you when you said we need people with integrity!
"I was responding to you when you said we want people with integrity in office and I said, 'Well, then we've got to blow up the whole system, right?' And I said here's what Democrats can do and that's the danger- they can' stack the court.
"But all of a sudden, I am calling for the abolishing of the electoral college… and that I'm a Democrat because I said 'we.' I mean the American people!"
Lemon said he felt the need to clarify his comments because "the context was so egregious" and he accused critics of taking a snippet out of context from "the entire conversation."
But he doubled down on his suggestion to scrap the electoral college.
"I do think it should be looked at because I think it does disenfranchise certain people. Should it be abolished? It's not for me to say," he said.
"I'm saying this is what Democrats are saying; stack, the courts, get rid of the electoral college."
Lemon's comments about "blowing up the system" come days after several Democratic lawmakers threatened to pack the courts if Joe Biden wins the 2020 presidential election.
"Packing the court" is a term that was coined by President Franklin D Roosevelt that referred to a bill aiming to reform the number of Supreme Court justices in an effort to obtain approval for the New Deal.
The bill would have granted the president power to appoint an additional justice to the Supreme Court for every member over the age of 70 and six months.
The "pack the court" threat came after the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and President Trump vowing to replace her before Election Day, which is just over a month away.
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