America woke up to an extremely disturbing piece of news out of Chicago on Thursday.
Four teenagers, all about eighteen, abducted a disabled man and held him hostage. The teens tied him up and used to Facebook Live to broadcast their disgusting kidnapping.
The teens assaulted the man and verbally harassed him. They beat him and also forced him to drink from the toilet.
At one point in the video, one of the kidnappers says:
“I’m going to make your ass walk home butt-ass naked, boy.”
Another snippet of audio reveals:
“F*** Donald Trump. F*** white people.”
If that isn’t cringeworthy and sickening enough, the kidnappers were also texting and taunting the man’s parents, who had reported him missing.
Police report that the man was held for 24-48 hours before he was finally let go. Since the crime was committed, the teens have been apprehended and charges are pending.
CNN’s Don Lemon decided to weigh in on the shocking news with a hot take that’s nothing short of absurd.
“I don’t think it’s evil. I don’t think it’s evil. I think these are young people and I think they have bad home training.
When I say who is raising these young people, I have no idea who is raising these young people because no one I know on earth who is seventeen years old or seventy years old would ever think of treating another person like that.”
The CNN host’s attempt to put on a criminal profiler’s hat misses the mark. This is much more than a case of bad parenting.
First of all, comments heard from the kidnappers about white people lead one to believe that they’re racist. Dropping f*** Donald Trump also contributes to the theory that the attack could be politically motivated.
If that’s the case and the crime’s motive was to make a political point — it’s terrorism as defined by the FBI:
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) defines terrorism as “the unlawful use of force or violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.”
To add to that, kidnapping a disabled person is evil in itself. But beating that disabled person, psychologically terrorizing his parents, making him drink from the toilet, and using Facebook to live-stream it all — that goes way beyond evil.
The teens wouldn’t have live-streamed the horrible incident if they didn’t want the public to see it. Such actions are a clear indication that they were trying to make some statement.
As the investigation is ongoing, we may not know what the teen criminals’ overall message is at this time, but Lemon refusing to call such a cruel thing “evil” is insulting to the man who was kidnapped and beaten and to his family.
Is it any wonder that trust in the media is at an all-time low.
Don Lemon, everybody.