Don Lemon really needs to start to think before he speaks on live television.
The CNN anchor was describing the scene from outside the Ferguson police station Monday night, just moments after the announcement that police officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted for killing unarmed teenager Michael Brown. Speaking with Anderson Cooper, Lemon reported hearing the sounds of gunfire and seeing protesters jumping on cars.
And then he said: "Obviously, there is the smell of marijuana in the air."
But to viewers at home, that wasn't obvious at all. The comments immediately sparked backlash on Twitter:
Anderson Cooper/ CNN reporters putting this is perspective "almost everyone is peaceful".. Don lemon "obviously I smell Marijuana " wtf
— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) November 25, 2014
— Derrick N Ashong (@DNAtv) November 25, 2014
I'm smelling marijuana. I mean tear gas. Wolf, are you in a Hamas tunnel? Is George Zimmerman's attorney available to help?
— jeremy scahill (@jeremyscahill) November 25, 2014
— Chris Cillizza (@TheFix) November 25, 2014
Was wondering the same thing. RT @agolis: "Obviously there's the smell of marijuana as well." - Don Lemon on CNN. Obviously, Don?
— Mark Joyella (@standupkid) November 25, 2014
OBVIOUSLY MARIJUANA. Don Lemon can't not.
— Rich Juzwiak (@RichJuz) November 25, 2014