Don Lemon has received a barrage of racist death threats from a white nationalist Donald Trump supporter who targeted the CNN anchor on Twitter.
Lemon reported the threats to the NYPD on Wednesday, according to TMZ.
He received a number of messages on Twitter saying ‘F*** you n***** can’t wait to stab your neck’ and ‘U r a pile of rotting Dogs***,racist,communist, socialist, Liberal moron a**hole,i will find u U will pay.ill see u real soon…’
The report was made for aggravated harassment but NYPD sources say it is likely to be looked at as a hate crime.
The person behind the account where the alleged threats came from is a self-proclaimed white nationalist conservative who is ‘pro gun, anti Islam, anti terrorist anti leftist’.
Police are still investigating the alleged threats and no arrests have been made.
It came after Lemon appealed to Trump this week to stop attacking the grieving widow of Sgt. La David Johnson who died fighting militants in Niger.
The anchor fought back tears as he made an emotional plea to the president to ‘please stop’ the abuse towards Myeshia Johnson and demanded that he apologize to her for his tweet which ‘essentially called her a liar.’
‘Think of what Sgt. Johnson would want,’ he told Trump in his piece to camera.
‘You are putting his widow in the terrible position of having to fight for her dignity when she should be concentrating on taking care of herself, her health, her two children, and the one on the way.
‘Mr Trump, please stop it. Please stop!’
Lemon played a clip of Mrs Johnson’s interview with ABC where she said she had been moved to tears with anger and frustration at the president’s response.
The 51-year-old journalist, who had also mentioned at the beginning of his open letter that he’d also suffered very public criticism from Trump on camera and on Twitter, urged the president to imagine what it was like if Tiffany or Ivanka were in Mrs Johnson’s shoes.