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‘People are going to bed afraid tonight’: Van Jones explains why Trump’s ‘whitelash’ scares Americans

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With things looking bleak for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, CNN commentator Van Jones delivered a heartfelt explanation to two Trump advocates about why Americans are scared out of their wits of a Trump presidency.

Sitting next to fellow CNN contributors Jeffrey Lord and Kayleigh McEnany, Jones was both blunt and passionate.

“I have enough class and I was raised well enough to say when you outdo expectations, good for you,” he began. “But there’s another side to this.”

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“People have talked about a miracle but I’m hearing about a nightmare,” he continued while looking directly at the two Trump boosters. “It’s hard to be a parent tonight for a lot of us. 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 be prepared.’ Then you have this outcome and you have people putting children to bed tonight, and they’re afraid of breakfast. They’re afraid of how do I explain this to my children. I have Muslim friends who are texting me tonight saying, ‘Should I leave the country?’ I have families of immigrants that are terrified tonight.”

“This was many things. This was a rebellion against the elites, true. It was a complete reinvention of politics and polls, it’s true. But it was also something else. We have talked about everything but race tonight. We have talked about income, class, religion. What we haven’t talked about is race. This was a whitelash. This was a whitelash against a changing country. It was a whitelash against a black president in part, and that is part of where the pain comes. And Donald Trump has a 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.”

“Yeah,” he continued. “When you say you want to take your country back, you’ve got a lot of people who feel that we’re not represented well either. But we don’t want to feel that someone has been elected by throwing away some of us to appeal more deeply to others. This is a deeply painful moment tonight.”

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