On CNN Thursday, analyst and former White House adviser Van Jones tore into Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), putting all of the lack of progress on the reconciliation bill on her.
"According to Congresswoman [Pramila] Jayapal, the progressive Democrats — talk about their position and what you're seeing happen now," said anchor Anderson Cooper
"For once, the progressives have the numbers and also the polling data on their side," said Jones. "Everybody in D.C. is talking about the numbers. But in the country where, what people are talking about is the opportunity to actually get some help out here. People are hurting. This is not going well. People are having a very hard time putting food on the table, and people who have jobs are being squeezed between not being able to take care of seniors who need a hearing aid and can't get it, who need dental care and can't get it. There are kids who need daycare and can't get it. While people are playing these games with these phantom numbers, people are out here hurting, and progressives are hearing from the grassroots in a really major way."
Jones also pushed back on the idea that the Democratic Party was suffering from a lack of unity.
"This is not the Democrats being dysfunctional," said Jones. "The Democrats are united. Kyrsten Sinema is being dysfunctional. It's dysfunctional not to tell people what you want and what you don't want. It's dysfunctional not to give any number at all this far in. So there is a Democratic senator who is dysfunctional, but the Democrats are being quite functional and they're responding to what the people want. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to deliver on stuff that they have not delivered on before, and they would be quite foolish to back down at this point."
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