WATCH: CNN's Don Lemon Says It's His 'Obligation As A Journalist' To Call Trump 'Racist'

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On Friday, CNN's Don Lemon said at an event in New York City that it was his "obligation as a journalist" to call President Donald Trump "racist."

Lemon, who made the remarks while speaking at Variety’s Entertainment & Technology NYC Summit, said that his decision to call Trump a "racist" was based on "evidence."

"If you have the evidence that shows you, that indicates, that leads you to nothing else but this president being racist, then I feel it’s my obligation as a journalist to say it," Lemon said. "On that night I said it, and I don’t regret saying it. I believe that to be true."

The CNN host then suggested that Trump must provide "evidence" that he is not racist, and added that saying "I have black friends" isn't enough.

“Show me some evidence otherwise, besides I have black friends, I don’t really have any evidence of that either," Lemon continued. "I mean when you say you have black friends, let’s just be honest here, when you say you have black friends, that doesn’t mean it’s people who come over to your office because they want something."

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