Van Jones: Election a ‘whitelash’ against Obama presidency

Van Jones: Election a ‘whitelash’ against Obama presidency
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Van who? Oh, yeah — that’s right: the clown who was Barack Obama’s “green jobs czar” for about ten minutes before he was forced to step down for his controversial views, which included his support of 9/11 “trutherism.” From there Jones went on to become a commentator at CNN (which has its own problems these days).

During the course of the 2016 presidential election, Jones revealed his true colors when he shared his opinion on air that “Hillary Clinton … is one of most honest politicians in America.” He also accused Donald Trump earlier this year of attempting to foment a black-Latino race war.

In light of all this, it’s hardly surprising that he had this to say in part last night about the outcome of the election:

This was a whitelash. This was a whitelash against a changing country. It was a whitelash against a black presidency, in part. And that’s where the pain comes. Donald Trump has a responsibility tonight to come out and reassure people. He is going to the president of all the people who he insulted and offended and brushed aside.

There is a kernel of truth to Jones’s claim. Last night’s election was very much a repudiation of Barack Obama’s attempt at “fundamentally transforming” the U.S. Where the comment falls short is in his myopic presumption that anyone who bristled at the soon-to-be-ex president’s efforts at social engineering was perforce wrong or evil.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.


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