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Van Jones spells out how Trump’s words ‘land like bombs in the lives of Americans’

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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.”

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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.”

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“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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Ex-prosecutor demands congressional investigation after latest report on the FBI and Brett Kavanaugh

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Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh had another allegation of sexual misconduct revealed on Saturday in a bombshell report in The New York Times.

"A classmate, Max Stier, saw Mr. Kavanaugh with his pants down at a different drunken dorm party, where friends pushed his penis into the hand of a female student. Mr. Stier, who runs a nonprofit organization in Washington, notified senators and the F.B.I. about this account, but the F.B.I. did not investigate and Mr. Stier has declined to discuss it publicly," the newspaper reported.

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Boris Johnson promises Britain will be like the Incredible Hulk during Brexit negotiations

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Saturday he was making a "huge amount of progress" towards a Brexit deal with the EU, in an interview in which he compared Britain to the Incredible Hulk.

"It's going to take a lot of work between now and October 17" when EU leaders gather for their final summit before Britain's scheduled exit from the bloc, he told the Mail on Sunday newspaper.

"But I'm going to go to that summit and I'm going to get a deal, I'm very confident. And if we don't get a deal then we'll come out on October 31."

His comments came ahead of talks with European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker and the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, in Luxembourg on Monday.

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NYT blasted for ‘spectacularly offensive sentiment’ after tweet illustrating ‘rape culture’

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The results of a 10-month investigation into Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh by New York Times reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly was published on Saturday.

But attention was taken away from the powerful reporting after the Twitter account of The Times opinion page posted a shocking message.

"Having a penis thrust in your face at a drunken dorm party may seem like harmless fun," read the tweet.

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