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Van Jones: Trump’s speech shows he wants to make America as ‘petty’ and ‘small’ as he is

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CNN's Van Jones (image via screengrab).

CNN panelist Van Jones had a very strong reaction to President Trump’s inaugural address — and he was not very impressed with it.

During a panel discussion with Trump supporter Jeffrey Lord, Jones said the speech was an indication that Trump was going to make the United States government an extension of his own personality, warts and all.

“To the world he now says, the United States is now a radically ordinary country,” Jones explained. “We will be petty, we will be small. We’re focused on our own interests, and we’re abandoning now that ‘City on the Hill’ position that Reagan talked about.”

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Jones conceded that Trump’s speech was “very patriotic,” but noted it was a far different kind of patriotism than the one Americans have traditionally embraced.

“It’s a patriotism unrecognizable, I think, to the world, to the left, to the right,” he said. “And I don’t know where it leads us, but I think the world is now adrift.”

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LISTEN: Mourners sing ‘Amazing Grace’ outside the Supreme Court to celebrate Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Heartwarming videos were shared on social media on Friday night showing the spontaneous gathering at the Supreme Court following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The large crowd, with many people wearing masks, sang the hymn "Amazing Grace."

Here are some of the videos of the scene:

A moving moments as dozens join in to sing “Amazing Grace” on the steps of the Supreme Court. pic.twitter.com/NGZyZi4YR4

— Mike Balsamo (@MikeBalsamo1) September 19, 2020

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Here’s how Mitch McConnell could lose his leverage to replace Ginsburg after November

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According to a report in AZCentral, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's plan to rush through a replacement for the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg could encounter an unexpected roadblock if he tries to hold a confirmation vote after the election.

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WATCH: Trump reveals how he can manipulate Democrats to help him put Ted Cruz on the Supreme Court

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President Donald Trump spoke about his plans for the Supreme Court during a Friday night campaign rally in Bemidji, Minnesota.

Trump took the stage before news was announced that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died and appeared to not know of the Supreme Court vacancy.

Trump explained to his audience why he had put Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on his shortlist for a Supreme Court nomination.

“I said, you know, I have to have someone that we’re going sure we get approved and the only one I could think of is Ted, because he’s going to get 50 Republican votes and he’s going to get 50 Democrat votes — they’ll do anything to get him out of the Senate," Trump said.

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