Progressive left pundit Van Jones, a former self-avowed Communist, reached such high altitudes of the moral high ground in his passionate defense of radical ex-NFL player Colin Kaepernick, it’s a wonder he didn’t get a nosebleed.
In a discussion on President Donald Trump dis-inviting a small delegation of players from the Super Bowl-winning Philadelphia Eagles, which CNN anchor Chris Cuomo characterized as “another play at dividing the country along racial lines,” Jones took exception to what he saw at Trump questioning the patriotism of black players, insisting that black Americans “have sacrificed more for that Constitution than most people.”
Jones brought Kaepernick into the discussion, comparing him to 5-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Tom Brady, arguably the greatest to every play the position, as he explained how happy he was to see the Eagles defeat Brady’s New England Patriots in last year’s Super Bowl — Brady, a white player, is also a Trump supporter.
“A lot of African Americans were happy when Philadelphia won,” he said.
Cuomo defended Kapernick’s show of disrespect for the national anthem, before Jones shared that his father and other family members are veterans, saying he does not need to be lectured about patriotism.
“I don’t need anybody to tell me what this flag means and what it represents,” he said from his moral perch. “People in my family, people that look like me, have put blood in the ground, have put martyrs in the dirt in this country!”
“Listen, there is a level of patronizing… from this White House and from others, that somehow African-Americans are ungrateful,” Jones added. “That we somehow don’t know what this country is about. We have fought in every war. We have sacrificed more for that Constitution than most people.”
Which brought him back to defending Kaepernick’ show of disrespect.
“And if this man Colin Kaepernick can’t kneel because a veteran, you’re talking about veterans, it was a veteran who told him to kneel. He was just sitting on his butt, and the veteran said that was wrong, and Colin Kaepernick learned, and Colin Kaepernick tried to grow, and Colin Kaepernick tried to do what they told him to do and he still doesn’t have a job and it’s wrong.”
“And if you can’t say it’s wrong, then there’s something wrong with you!”
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