Here is the pertinent part of Lemon's talk in transcript. Judge it for yourself [blue type is my editorial]
CHRIS CUOMO: Well, I think that the example matters. And that's a very extreme example, rhetoric that you don't like.
LEMON: But rhetoric and laws and policy are detrimental to people
LEMON: And it also -- and it also -- listen, for people like me, how this president feels about the Central Park Five that can be a life or death issue for people like me. That can be especially a life or death issue for those people who spent decades, a decade, some of them, or more in prison. They didn't have a life. He took a big part of their life away. People like him who believed it and who wanted it to be true took a part of their lives away. [Which President has done more for prison reform in recent history than Trump, Don? Why doesn't Congress step up and work with him on just this one issue? Presumably they agree, no? I agree. But the Dems in Congress don't want to give Trump a single victory, they would rather let people stay in prison for years instead of giving Trump a so-called "win"]
[22:04:57] And people -- and for -- you know, demonizing immigrants and talking about shit hole countries and saying that there are very fine people on both sides. For people of color in this country it is a life or death issue. [How about this: "For Jews in this country it is a life or death issue" when you start minimizing the Holocaust. Just this last year at least 2 Synagogues were shot up - both by Trump hating psychos. Anti-semtic attacks in NYC are up 55% in 2018 - and while Mayor Werner Wilhelm says it is due to "right winger" the facts are that the majority are perpetrated by African Americans and Muslim immigrants. But no, Lemon doesn't really think this through does he? If he really believes this stuff, then he is just a vapid man. If he thinks it just good propaganda, then he is a propagandist. What other motives may he have?
CUOMO: comparing anything to an extreme like a Hitler. It weakens the argument. [Indeed it does - even Cuomo knows what's going on here - Lemon is comparing Trump to Hitler. You can dissemble all you want, you can split hairs and call a technical foul like pedants tend to do - everyone with common sense knows what is going on with Lemon's commentary]
LEMON: Well, I think it gives you a good example.
CUOMO: Because you are now taking a guy who says things you don't like and comparing him to a genocide maniac. [Duh. What is Lemon's major malfunction?]
Like I said it is not the first time:
WATCH: CNN'S DON LEMON ASKS REPUBLICAN STRATEGIST WHETHER SHE'D VOTE FOR HITLER IF GOP NOMINATED HIM
On Lemon's show he let a Dem Congressman spout off with Hitler analogies - forcing the Repblican Jewish Caucus to issue a statement:
RJC to Clyburn: Stop Comparing Trump to Nazis
Washington, DC (March 20, 2019) -- The Republican Jewish Coalition responded to remarks Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) made to NBC News yesterday, comparing Donald Trump’s presidency with Hitler’s rise to power.
RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks said:
Asked about today’s political environment, Rep. Clyburn drew parallels between President Trump and Adolf Hitler. He said, "Adolf Hitler was elected chancellor of Germany. And he went about the business of discrediting institutions..." Clyburn said that Trump has similarly sought to discredit previous presidents, the Congress, and the free press. That is an outrageous comparison.
Rep. Clyburn has repeatedly likened our current political moment to the rise of the Nazis in Germany. He told Don Lemon on CNN in January 2018 that: “I can only equate one period of time with what we are experiencing now and that was what was going on in Germany around 1934 right after the 1932 elections when Adolf Hitler was elected chancellor.” His remarks are historically illiterate and fundamentally dishonest.
So it's not like this is a slip of the tongue, an error in judgement, a mistake. He has made these comparisons before and he has heard these comparisons before and was informed that these comparisons are offensive. Don Lemon doesn't care about offending other people as he complains about how offended he is.