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Left-wing social justice advocates are apparently ticked off with CNN commentator Van Jones, a liberal activist who worked in the Obama administration, for going on the air to praise President Trump’s executive order on police reform.
Jones allegedly secretly helped First-Son-in-Law Jared Kushner and others in the Trump inner circle write the order which these groups and the Democrat Party have predictably denounced as insufficient or worse. And he didn’t disclose his involvement.
“The executive order allows the Justice Department to allocate discretionary grant funding to police departments for police training and de-escalation techniques,” The Hill explained.
Conflicts of interest, however, and ethical lapses are nothing new to very fake news CNN considering who they’ve hired as on-screen talent, including Chris Cuomo plus various Deep State actors, or within the mainstream media generally.
“CNN, meanwhile, wouldn’t comment on the network’s failure to disclose Jones’s behind-the-scenes advisory role in shaping Trump’s executive order while offering accolades for an initiative he helped create,” the liberal Daily Beast reported.
According to the Daily Beast, Jones is “cozying up” to the Trump administration even though he once referred to the president as a “horrific jackass” and “one of the worst people ever born.” Jones later praised Trump’s first State of the Union address as unifying.
“CNN viewers weren’t informed that [Jones] had actually attended secret White House meetings with his new friend Jared Kushner, discussing ways to frame the presidential project. According to a knowledgeable White House source, who expressed satisfaction that there were zero leaks, Jones and California human rights attorney Jessica Jackson, who runs #cut50, a prison-reform group that Jones also founded, actively participated with law enforcement officials and White House staffers to help fashion the order and guide the politics of the discussion to what they considered ‘the sweet spot’ between law enforcement and ‘the reasonable middle’ and ‘the reasonable left.'”
Jones also apparently worked with Team Trump on The First Step Act, which upon its passage by Congress, implemented criminal justice and prison reform. He also shared ideas with U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) when Scott was putting together his police reform legislation, which Democrats in the chamber blocked on a procedural vote.
On June 16, Van Jones told John King on CNN’s Inside Politics the following.
“The executive order is a good thing. Mainly because you saw the support of law enforcement there. That gives you a sense of where the bottom is, where the floor is for reform, and that floor is higher than it has been.”
“There is movement in the direction of a database for bad cops. We have never had a federal database for bad cops, that’s why all these cops go all over the place doing bad stuff. The chokeholds, that’s common ground now between [Speaker] Nancy Pelosi and Trump. Good stuff there.”
That evening on Anderson Cooper’s show, Van Jones had this to say, in part, about the executive order.
“I think it’s pushing in the right direction…What you got today is, I think, a sign that we are winning. Donald Trump has put himself on record saying that we need to reform the police department…Donald Trump had no plan a month ago to work on this issue at all. The fact that we are now in the direction of moving forward, I think, is good.”
He also praised Trump for bringing law enforcement to the table, something the Obama administration was unable to do.
Last month, Jones may have made liberal head explode when he insisted that “It’s not the racist white person who is in the Ku Klux Klan that we have to worry about. It’s the white liberal Hillary Clinton supporter walking her dog in Central Park…”
Blue-check Twitter has denounced Van Jones for his alleged White House connections, but there were some expressions of support or quasi support.
This is fascinating just to watch the Enemy of the People attack Van Jones for being effective. https://t.co/7bmsX7LiaY
— Scott Adams (@ScottAdamsSays) June 29, 2020
CNN literally does paid propaganda for a New York Governor.
Unless you're outraged about Governor Cuomo's nursing home murders being covered up by CNN (and I checked, you're not), then you have no principled objection to Van Jones. https://t.co/LdbZfXxhMG
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) June 29, 2020
I read this piece on Van Jones. I assume he believes some progress was better than nothing & he was willing to work with the Trump Administration to make it happen. You can debate that. However, he should have told CNN & the network should have informed viewers of the conflict.
— Wajahat "Butter King" Ali (@WajahatAli) June 29, 2020
O-oh They are coming after you @VanJones68 Dont you know the Democrat party is not about finding solution to problems? It’s only about creating the problem & never solving it then using the anger & grievance as a political weapon to gain power. https://t.co/Ej96vwiMi4
— Melissa Tate (@TheRightMelissa) June 29, 2020
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