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CNN anchor Don Lemon said the Trump Eras “level of toxicity” led him to be on the receiving end of a homophobic slur during FT Future of News Summit on Thursday.

“I was doing a shoot in the park the other day, and someone said, We built this country. I cant wait for CNN to fire your black a**, you f*ggot,'” the anchor recalled.

Lemon mentioned that he often receives threatening calls from a Trump supporter and fears for his privacy, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Don Lemon attends The Paley Honors: A Gala Tribute To LGBTQ at The Ziegfeld Ballroom on May 15, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)

“Im black and gay on cable television in primetime — a unicorn — and Im a target of the right, a target of white extremists, neo-Nazis and of the president,” Lemon said. He went on to say that Trumps attacks “take a toll” on him, his “privacy and safety and security” and the security of his family.

Trump has been very critical of Lemon in recent years. In 2017, Trump tweeted, “Another false story, this time in the Failing @nytimes, that I watch 4-8 hours of television a day — Wrong! Also, I seldom, if ever, watch CNN or MSNBC, both of which I consider Fake News. I never watch Don Lemon, who I once called the dumbest man on television! Bad Reporting.”

Another false story, this time in the Failing @nytimes, that I watch 4-8 hours of television a day – Wrong! Also, I seldom, if ever, watch CNN or MSNBC, both of which I consider Fake News. I never watch Don Lemon, who I once called the “dumbest man on television!” Bad Reporting.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 11, 2017

And again in 2018, the president reiterated his disdain for the liberal anchor by saying, “Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made Lebron look smart, which isnt easy to do. I like Mike!”

Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made Lebron look smart, which isnt easy to do. I like Mike!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 4, 2018

Lemon did cast speculation on whether he would continue to work for CNN during the summit: “I dont know if its worth this level of toxicity. Im 10 years older than when he rode down the escalator in July 2015.”

“I absolutely love what I do. … But I wonder how long I want to do this particular job in the way that I do it.” Lemon added. “Everything catches up with you. I dont know if I can deal with this level of toxicity for so lRead More – Source

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