Last night, Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States. And last night, CNN commentator and former Obama administration staffer Van Jones was not having it, and put out a condemning message to the Americans that elected the Republican nominee. According to Jones, a Donald Trump presidency will be hard for parents to explain, and terrifying for immigrants to experience.
Jones then began a teary-eyed soliloquy over Trump’s win at the CNN panel:
“People have talked about a miracle. I’m hearing about a nightmare… You tell your kids: Don’t be a bully… don’t be a bigot.. do your homework and be prepared. And then you have this outcome… You have people putting children to bed tonight, and they’re afraid of breakfast. They’re afraid of ‘How do I explain this to my children?’ I have Muslim friends who are texting me tonight, ‘Should I leave the country?’ I have families of immigrants that are terrified tonight… This was a rebellion against the elites, true, it was a create reinvention of politics… but it was also something else… We haven’t talked about race. This was a ‘white-lash’ against a changing country … against a black president in part. And that’s the part where the pain comes.”
However, Jones wasn’t all gloom and doom, with attempts to end on a “positive note” to viewers: “Donald Trump has a responsibility tonight to come and reassure people that he is going to be the president of all the people who he insulted and offended and brushed aside.”
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) November 9, 2016
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