CNN pundit Van Jones was in rare form on Friday night’s AC360 panel, slamming President-elect Donald Trump for his lack of patriotism for focusing more on his tweets than national security.
“There’s something at stake here,” Jones said. “Couple things, first of all, the future is important. When you’re the president-elect you can deal with something like this in three ways. Personally, I’m offended, they’re trying to de-legitimate me. They’re trying to deal with it in a partisan way, they’re trying to hurt my party or in a patriotic way, they’re trying to hurt my country. And what you’re watching here is this guy, president-elect who will be all of our president, in real time, he certainly knows how to respond when it’s personal, when it’s partisan. You have the first attack on our country and he’s not responded like a patriot yet. That’s very disturbing. You keep wanting to point out Obama did this or that, when Trump gets here he’ll do x, y, and z. The reality is he talks all the time. He’s speaking tonight. He tweets like my children do and he is not spoken like a patriot yet.”
Kingston claimed that this isn’t the message that Trump heard months ago when people were taking to the streets to protest the election. “We keep hearing his post-election behavior doesn’t suit the standards of the left and that’s just too bad,” he said.
Jones shook his head. Kingston didn’t seem to get it.
“Look, I don’t, listen,” Jones tried to explain. “I am on the left side of pluto and I’m proud of it. No one can blame me for being conservative. But this is not left versus right it is right versus wrong. There is a right way and a wrong way to deal with an attack on our country. So far we’ve not seen the right way from this president.”
Trump apologist, Kayleigh McEnany, excused Trump’s behavior because he’s not the president “yet” and claimed we just need to give him more time.
The panel that followed similarly made the case that they’re concerned about Trump’s lack of patriotism as he defends the country waging a cyber war against the United States instead of his own country.
Watch the full panel discussion below: