At the NAACP Image Awards on Friday night, a former special adviser to President Obama turned the other cheek to Glenn Beck.
The adviser, Van Jones, has long been criticized by the popular Fox News talk show host, who called him a “communist-anarchist radical,” among other things. Beck’s attacks are widely believed to have been at least partly responsible for Jones’ removal from his post with the Obama administration.
But instead of lashing back, as others have done, Jones took a different approach.
“Last thing I want to say is this: To my fellow countryman, Mr. Glenn Beck. I see you, and I love you, brother. I love you, and you cannot do anything about it. I love you, and you cannot do anything about it. Let’s be one country! Let’s be one country! Let’s get the job done!”
Jones attended the ceremony to accept the President’s Award for his advocacy of an American economy focused on alternative forms of energy.
The NY Times pointed out that Fox News broadcast the award ceremony live
Beck has lashed out at more well-known people, including Rachel Maddow of MSNBC, who issued her own aggressive rebuttal to Beck’s casual accusations.