CNN’s Van Jones Frets: Feels Like NO ONE Can Beat Trump
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CNN commentator Van Jones has been brutally honest to Democrats as the 2020 election creeps closer and closer.
During the New Hampshire primary race on Tuesday, Jones spoke out on the results, stating that he doesn't think any Democrat can beat President Trump in 2020.
The segment on CNN started with chief political analyst Gloria Borger discussing how there is no “transformational candidate” in the Democratic field. “There isn’t anybody (voters) that they say, ‘oh my goodness, this is the person.’”
“Or if they feel that way it’s not sustained,” Jones said. “The other thing is it just feels like everybody is partially able to take on Trump but not really.”
Later on in the program, Jones mentioned Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders, calling him a "phenomenon" but adding that he will be ignored.
"Bernie Sanders is a phenomenon,” he said. “He's doing stuff we don't talk about, he appeals to young people, people of color, he's got an army of donors. If anybody else had all that we'd say this guy is our guy. But for whatever reason we talk about everybody but Bernie."
Jones then commented on former Vice President Joe Biden, stating that he was baffled at how Biden was banking on minority support to win the election.
“Listen, he’s doing this rope a-dope strategy, ‘I’m just going to get pounded in Iowa, I’m going to get pounded in New Hampshire and I’m going to come back based on black people kind of lifting me over this sort of … all these deficits,'” Jones said.
“And maybe it’ll work for him but it’s a very odd strategy, it’s a very weird strategy and I don’t know if he knows that African-Americans are watching TV at night and see you can’t get white votes.”
Jones had a similar tune last week when he was discussing President Trump's State of the Union address, saying that the speech was a "wake up" call to Democrats as he praised the President for his positive impact on the African American community.
“WAKE UP, folks,” Jones said in a tweet with a video clip of his appearance on CNN. “The [Iowa caucus] was a debacle, followed by a strong [State of the Union] speech laying out Trump’s strategy to win – which includes going for Black voters.”
“This was a warning shot from the Trump campaign to liberals, and we need to take this VERY seriously in order to win,” he added.
After President Trump gave his speech, Jones commented on how President Trump's policies have positively impacted the black community.
“I think the last 24 hours have been a big wake-up call for Democrats,” said Jones. “The Iowa caucus was a debacle, and this [SOTU] was a very strong speech, and it shows what [Trump] thinks he needs to do to win.”
“I think we have to be very clinically about this,” he continued, “…He knows that he’s got to give a lot of red meat to his base, and he gave it — from religious liberty, abortion, all of it, the military, etc. But he’s doing something else, and it has to do with how he is going to manage race in this thing.”
“There seems to be a trade-off between the Latinos and the African Americans, that’s what you see,” Jones continued. “He went hard not the sanctuary cities stuff.”
“At the same time — a warning to Democrats — what he was saying to African-Americans can be effective. You may not like it, but he mentioned HBCUs [historically black colleges and universities]. Our black colleges have been struggling for a long time — a bunch of them have gone under. He threw a lifeline to them, in real life, in his budget. He talked about that.”
“He talked about the criminal justice reform,” Jones added. “He talked about opportunity zones.”
“He talked about school choice,” Jones said.
“Listen, wake up,” Jones asserted.
As Jones finished his comments, the other panelists fell silent.
“We got to wake up, folks. There’s a whole bubble thing that goes. We say, well, he said ‘S-hole’ nations, therefore all black people gonna hate him forever. That ain’t necessarily so.”
“And I think what you’re going to see him do is say, ‘You might not like my rhetoric, but look at my results, look at my record,’ to black people. If he narrow-casts that, it’s going to be effective,” said Jones.
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