Don Lemon: Yes, WDBJ Shooter Was Insane -- and Racist

"Flanagan killed the two young people because they were white."

On the "Tom Joyner Morning Show" Thursday, CNN's Don Lemon bucked the leftist media's narrative about Vester Flanagan, the man who murdered a WDBJ reporter and cameraman on live television Wednesday.

Reading from his editorial on the murder by Flanagan (TV name Bryce Williams), an African-American gay man, Lemon argued that anyone who looked at the case objectively must admit that the killer was not only likely insane—as the leftist media is determined to focus solely on—but also a racist.  

"The discussion about Flanagan has mainly centered on mental health and whether Flanagan was mentally ill," said Lemon. "The other, lesser discussion, has been whether he was racist. If one looks objectively at Flanagan’s actions and history, one can’t help but come to the conclusion that both are probably true. Flanagan killed the two young people because they were white. He admitted as much. And yes, anyone who does what he did was also out of their mind.

LEMON: The station’s managers and his co-workers say Flanagan was fired because he had become increasingly difficult to work with. They say he wasn’t a good on-air reporter. But Flanagan saw it differently. In a manifesto he reportedly sent to ABC News, Flanagan says he had been discriminated against because he was black and gay. He reportedly wrote in the manifesto that he had been attacked his entire life by white women and black men. The station’s general manager says that Flanagan had even filed suit against the station claiming racial discrimination.

The GM, station managers and fellow employees say the claims were nonsense. A judge later threw out the claim. In fact, in 2000, Flanagan had filed a similar claim against a Tallahassee television station which, according to his attorney, was settled Right after yesterday’s double murder, Flanagan, using his TV name, Bryce Williams, tweeted out his frustrations and posted videos of the shooting. He wrote on twitter, “Alison made racist comments…. EEOC report filed… They hired her after that??? Adam went to HR on me after working with me one time…. I filmed the shooting see Facebook.”

Fellow employees of WDBJ say Flanagan not only became increasingly difficult to work with but became almost paranoid, obsessed with being a victim of homophobia and/or racism. His former colleagues of all different ethnicities say they never saw any type of discrimination towards Mr. Flanagan, just that he was a bad reporter. Psychologists say Flanagan used racism as a cover for his own shortcomings and in so doing his downfall became a self-fulfilling prophecy.

The discussion about Flanagan has mainly centered on mental health and whether Flanagan was mentally ill. The other, lesser discussion, has been whether he was racist. If one looks objectively at Flanagan’s actions and history, one can’t help but come to the conclusion that both are probably true. Flanagan killed the two young people because they were white. He admitted as much. And yes, anyone who does what he did was also out of their mind.

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