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CNN's Van Jones: "This Was A White-lash Against A Changing Country"

CNN commentator Van Jones took to the airwaves well past midnight on election night and talked openly about the fear many were feeling, as well as the growing sentiment that this was a “white-lash” after eight years of having a black man as president.

“It’s hard to be a parent tonight for a lot of us. You tell your kids don’t be a bully. You tell your kids don’t be a bigot. You tell your kids do your homework and be prepared,” he said. “Then you have this outcome.”


Jones said he has Muslim friends “texting me tonight saying should I leave the country.” He later pivots to bring up what got very little discussion so far during CNN’s broadcast.

“We have talked about everything but race tonight. We have talked about income, class, region. We haven’t talked about race. This was a white-lash. This was a white-lash against a changing country. It was a white-lash against a black president in part, and that’s the part where the pain comes.”

The full video is above and well worth your time.


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