Van Jones appeared on “The Lead with Jake Tapper” Wednesday to discuss his powerful reaction to this morning’s announcement that Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States, reminding Trump supporters that the president-elect’s divisive rhetoric about minorities land “like bombs in the lives and the ears and the homes of other Americans.”
Asked about the Trump supporters who disavow the president-elect’s language but voted for him anyways, Jones acknowledged the disaffection felt by many Trump supporters:
“There was a bipartisan elite consensus to throw the working class under the bus. Both political parties signed these trade deals, deregulated the banks, built prisons everywhere and left us to buzzards. That happened, that is true. Yet, these throw-away lines to you about Muslims, Mexicans, land like bombs in the lives and the ears and the homes of other Americans. And you have to take responsibility for the fact that some of those things really, really hurt.”
Jones noted some people are able to dismiss Trump’s rhetoric as joking, but said “if you’re the Muslim mom sending the little girl out the door with the hijab on, you are going to be hurt.”
Earlier in the segment, the CNN political commentator said he hopes Trump will unite the country and agrees with President Barack Obama that people have to “come together.”
“Look, I am hopeful,” Jones told Tapper. “Listen, we’ve got some hard things to say to each other.”
“The Trump phenomenon is a complex phenomenon,” he continued. “It is a righteous rebellion against the elites. It is a righteous stand for economic opportunity. It is a patriotic movement. But it is also marbled with all kinds of other stuff, all kinds of xenophobic and the KKK endorsements and all these other things.”
“We can’t be in a situation where we only talk about the things that are offensive, or we can’t talk about the things that are offensive. We’ve got to be able to talk about both,” Jones concluded.
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Trump’s big-money Florida fundraiser expected to bring in $10 million — from only 100 people
President Donald Trump flew to Mar-a-Lago on Friday after receiving a formal summons from the U.S. Senate informing him of his impeachment trial.
The president will be attending a Friday evening campaign fundraiser.
The recipient of the money is Trump Victory, which is a joint fundraising committee set up by Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. and the Republican National Committee.
“Tonight’s Trump Victory fundraiser is expected to raise $10 million with approximately 100 people in attendance," the campaign told the White House pool reporter.
Lev Parnas has Trump ‘unnerved’: ex-FBI official says the president doesn’t know what he ‘has up his sleeve’
President Donald Trump is "very nervous" about what Lev Parnas may have on him, a former top FBI official suggested on MSNBC on Friday.
Former FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence was interviewed by MSNBC's Peter Alexander.
The host played clips of Trump denying any relationship with Parnas.
"Well, I don't know him, I don't know Lev Parnas, other than I guess I had pictures taken -- which I do with thousands of people," Trump argued. "I don't know him at all, don't know what he's about, don't where he comes from. I can tell you this -- I don't know him. I don't believe I've ever spoken to him. I don't believe I've ever spoken to him."
Trump is now feuding with Iran’s Supreme Leader on Twitter: ‘Make Iran Great Again!’
President Donald Trump is now replying directly to Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Twitter.
I Friday, Khamenei tweeted a screenshot of a Trump tweet, with a message of his own.
"The villainous US govt repeatedly says that they are standing by the Iranian ppl. They lie. If you are standing by the Iranian ppl, it is only to stab them in the heart with your venomous daggers," Khamenei posted.
"Of course, you have so far failed to do so, & you will certainly continue to fail," he added.
Trump retweeted the message, adding his own argument.