CNN’s Van Jones delivered a dismal prognosis for Democrats following their final presidential debate in Iowa.
The CNN political commentator and former Obama adviser found Tuesday night’s debate “dispiriting” and saw no signs that any of the six candidates participating would be able to beat President Donald Trump come November.
“I came away feeling worried for the Democratic Party,” Jones said in a CNN panel discussion after the debate in Des Moines.
“I felt like tonight was the night they were gonna all put the fireworks out there, you’re gonna see the best of the best and it just felt like a big bowl of cold oatmeal,” he added, pointing out that Democrats need to “do better” and figure out how to “light that fire again.”
Asked by CNN’s Anderson Cooper if any of the remaining six Democratic 2020 hopefuls came away a winner, Jones vigorously shook his head and said, “I don’t see it.”
He repeated that assessment in a tweet following the debate.
— Van Jones (@VanJones68) January 15, 2020
Jones also expressed his disappointment with division and the clash between Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, who reportedly had said that a woman could not win the presidency. On the debate stage, the Vermont senator denied ever making the comments.
“As a progressive, to see those two have that level of vitriol was dispiriting,” Jones said.
“And I want to say that tonight for me was dispiriting. Democrats will have to do better than we saw tonight,” Jones said.
“There was nothing I saw tonight to suggest we’ll be able to take Donald Trump out and I want to see a Democrat in the White House as soon as possible. There was nothing tonight, if you’re looking at this thing, to say any of these people are prepared for what Donald Trump is going to do to us. And to see further divisions tonight is very dispiriting,” he added.
Jones did offer praise for Warren, however.
“Women get punished when they play hardball so I thought what she did was extraordinary,” he said.
“What I love about Elizabeth Warren in those moments, she never stopped being the educator in chief. She didn’t just say, hey, listen, I’m a woman, I can do it, rah rah rah,” he said. “She made the case that women have been winning in the Trump era and have been leading this moment.”
Jones also contended that “there is something wrong” with the Party after declaring that this was “the whitest debate that we’ve seen.”
— Nisha Anand (@NishaMAnand) January 15, 2020
“There’s something wrong,” Jones remarked. “We’ve got more billionaires in this race than black people.”
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