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CNN's Lemon Blames Shutdown for 'Not Really Helping' Mentally Ill Woman Killed on Capitol Hill

On Friday afternoon, CNN's Don Lemon blamed the government shutdown over ObamaCare for "not really helping" the mentally ill woman killed by police on Capitol Hill on Thursday who needed "health care."

"[T]his woman is in obvious need of mental health, and that means health care. And so what they're doing in Washington is not really helping her, is it?" he asked psychotherapist Wendy Walsh who then plugged ObamaCare.

[Video below the break. Audio here.]

"No, not until she can go to Healthcare.gov, right? And get good coverage," Walsh said. She quickly adding that "we as a village" need to help parents with mental illness.

"No I think, really, what we need to do is find a pathway to be able to surround and support all the single parents, whether they have mental illness or not, but specifically those who are clearly suffering from mental illness, to make sure that we as a village protect her and her child because there is a minor involved there."

Of course, whether Miriam Carey was actually following the news coverage of the federal budget debate before her death is not something Lemon, Walsh, or almost anyone else could have known.

(H/T Emily Miller)

Below is a transcript of the segment, which aired on October 4 on CNN Newsroom at 2:25 p.m. EDT:

DON LEMON: She thought the President had put Stamford under lockdown and her house was under surveillance. It's very reminiscent of the recent Navy shooter, remember, who went into the Navy Yard and started shooting. He thought that he was being controlled by magnetic waves or something. These are signs of a deeper depression and a deeper psychosis here, one would think. And Wendy, the interesting thing that I want to say going back to our conversation that we just had the other day, this woman is in obvious need of mental health, and that means health care. And so what they're doing in Washington is not really helping her, is it?

— Matt Hadro is a News Analyst at the Media Research Center. Follow Matt Hadro on Twitter.