CNN political strategist Van Jones pointed out on Monday that Democrats did not need to attack Donald Trump for his racist anti-Hispanic comments about a judge in the Trump University case because Republicans were already destroying their own candidate.
During a panel discussion about House Speaker Paul Ryan’s assertion that Donald Trump was guilty of “textbook” racism, Jones just smiled as Trump supporter Scottie Nell Hughes argued with Republican strategist Amanda Carpenter.
“There’s a reason we have delegates, it’s to prevent a disaster,” Carpenter explained. “And if people really believe that Donald Trump is going to be a disaster for the party, they cannot stand by his comments, that they cannot support him, if they do not think he supports our values then you have to use the process set in place and not nominate him at the convention.”
“I can’t believe that I just heard that,” Hughes gasped. “To sit here and add to this idea that we’re splintered doesn’t help the situation. We need to show we’re more unified.”
“This is a terrible situation,” Carpenter insisted. “We need to get out of it immediately. Eject!”
“I’m so happy,” Jones beamed. “I’m so happy right now. I don’t even want to talk. Y’all just keep going.”
“It’s sad, but it’s gleeful for some of us,” he admitted. “This is what happens when you have a political party like the Republican Party that has allowed this kind of trafficking in dog-whistle politics around race for so long. The antibodies are gone now in the Republican Party.”
Jones noted that the Democratic Party had made history by selecting Hillary Clinton its presumptive nominee.
“History is going to be made today. Yet, you have the Republican Party being drug back to fight over stuff,” Jones said, agreeing that Trump was guilty of “textbook” racism.
“If this comment is not a racist comment then there is no racist comment that can be made,” Jones observed. “And so, you have Republicans fighting over stuff that was resolved in the last century, the Democrats pulling us forward.”
“And I’m happy about it.”
Watch the video below from CNN, broadcast June 7, 2016.