Van Jones: 'This Was a White-Lash ... Against a Black President'
On CNN, liberal activist Anthony Kapel "Van" Jones emphasized that Donald Trump's presidential victory on Tuesday was "a white-lash against a black president." He attacked the media for minimizing the race issue in the election, arguing that it was one of the driving factors behind Trump's victory.
Jones did not say that the election was all about race, but he had some politically charged comments on the issue.
This was many things. This was a rebellion against the elites — true. It was a complete reinvention of politics, of polls. We've talked about everything but race tonight. We've talked about income, we've talked about class, we've talked about region, we haven't talked about race.
This was a white-lash. This was a white-lash against a changing country, it was a white-lash against a black president, in part. And that's the part where the pain comes.
Jones did not only speak about race, he also addressed the personal and moral failings of the president-elect. "Donald Trump has the responsibility tonight to come out and reassure people that he is going to be the president of all the people who he insulted, and offended, and brushed aside."
The liberal activist also launched into a heartfelt complaint about the problems parents face in explaining this election to their children.
You tell your kids, don't be a bully. You tell your kids, don't be a bigot. You tell your kids, do your homework. And we have this outcome.
You have people putting children to bed tonight, and they're afraid of breakfast. They're afraid of, "how do I explain to my children?"
Jones does have a point. Trump did insult his challengers in a petty way, he did appeal to racist elements of the electorate (the alt-right), and he did not "do his homework" as he arguably should have.
But the liberal activist is wrong on many different points.
Next Page: Why Van Jones is so wrong.