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CNN’s Van Jones believes President Donald Trump “doesn’t get credit” for the actions he’s taken to help the black community — but that the fault for this lack of credit lies solely with him, not, say, the anti-Trump media.
The left-wing commentator expressed this opinion while speaking on CNN’s “The Lead” this Friday evening with host Jake Tapper.
The discussion began with Tapper taking exception to the president’s claims — made a day earlier at the final presidential debate — that he’s “done more for the black community than any other President” and is “the least racist person.”
“Eight in ten black Americans believe that Trump is a racist, according to a Washington Post/Ipsos poll earlier this year. Why does the President make comments like that instead of acknowledging that maybe sometimes that he has said things that seem insensitive, but he wants to work on it?” he complained.
Jones, who became a pariah among the left for working with the president toward enacting criminal justice reform, replied by positing the theory that, while the president “has done good stuff for the black community,” he’s screwed it up by allegedly being “incendiary” and cohorting with white nationalists.
Listen to the discussion below:
“Well, that’s not his style. I think it’s really unfortunate, because Donald Trump, and I get beat up by liberals every time I say this, but I’m going to keep saying it. He has done good stuff for the black community,” Jones said.
“And you know, upping his own stuff, black college stuff, I worked with him on criminal justice stuff. I saw Donald Trump have African American people formerly incarcerated in the White House, embraced them, treated them well. There’s a side to Donald Trump that I think he does not get enough credit for. But the reason he doesn’t is because he also says the most incendiary stuff and he retweets white nationalists.”
The president has never directly retweeted white nationalists. The rumor persists anyway because after he retweeted a video from a Spanish-language pro-Trump account in August, the media traced the video back to a white nationalist.
“And he violates the number one rule of blackness, which is, I don’t mess with people who mess with people I don’t mess with. In other words, I’m not friends with people who are friends of my enemies,” Jones continued.
“And so, the black community can appreciate some of the stuff he’s done, but when they see him playing footsie on Twitter with these white nationalist organizations, it just wipes it all out. And so if they had a disciplined strategy of being a consistent ally with the black community and being an enemy of the white nationalists, we’d be in a very different spot, and that’s the tragedy of these mixed messages from the Trump White House.”
Despite Jones’ commentary being fairly nuanced — arguably neither pro-Trump nor anti-Trump — it naturally provoked outrage from the fact-averse left for his admission that yes, the president has done some “good things” for the black community.
Jeeesus why is Van Jones still talking about anything? What an embarrassment. @VanJones68
— Evan (@daviddunn177) October 24, 2020
Wow. Time for @CNN to let him go.
— Pine Valley (@PineDexters) October 24, 2020
Van Jones is drumf’s “African American” now.
— @jaxcard (@jaxcard) October 24, 2020
Van Jones is an idiot then.
White people don’t corner the market on ignorance and stupidity. Idiocy doesn’t know colour, there are idiots on both sides.
— Dixie 🌊🌊 (@msdixietweets) October 24, 2020
— R.K. Hayes (@RK_Hayes) October 24, 2020
— SLS – (864511032020) (@013067) October 24, 2020
“White people don’t corner the market on ignorance and stupidity. Idiocy doesn’t know colour, there are idiots on both sides,” one leftist wrote.
Yeah, and irrational anti-Trump hatred doesn’t know color either …
As for what Jones had said about Trump not having a “disciplined strategy,” is this really true? To hear popular urban radio show cost Charlamagne tha God tell it, it’s not.
Speaking with fellow left-wing CNN commentator Don Lemon earlier in the week, he’d made the case that the president is gaining support from the black community — particularly from black men — because he’s “actually talking to” them versus offering “lip service” like his opponent, Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden.
Listen to the whole discussion below:
“I think, you know, when it comes to the black people you see who maybe, you know, showing support for Trump, I just think, you know, it’s because Trump is actually talking to young black male voters,” he noted.
“He is directing ads toward them. They are a group that never get courted. I mean, black people don’t get courted either as a whole. But that old Democratic regime speaks to old black men. I think everyone else in the black community and black families, they are supposed to fall in line. They know black women are going to show up regardless. Like I said, he speaks to older black men, and he thinks the rest of us all speak the same language. So Trump is targeting young black males from marketing. It works.”
It “works” so much so that The Washington Post ran an ominous “analysis” piece this week titled, “‘What’s happening out there’ with Black men and Trump?”
The piece expressed concern over several black male celebrities, including rappers 50 Cent and Waka Flocka, expressing their support for the president.
Meanwhile, far-left WaPo commentator Jonathan Capehart published a condescending piece praising mentally unhinged left-wing zealot Brittney Cooper for putting Trump-supporting black men in their place.
These pieces come amid a flurry of “reports” from others in the mainstream media claiming, as an example, that “under Donald Trump, black Americans continue to trail whites in employment, home ownership” (this is true of all presidents).
The narrative from the media is clear — Trump is bad for blacks. But polling data shows that blacks aren’t buying the narrative anymore. According to a FiveThirtyEight report published Monday, the president “has gained among voters of color, especially Hispanic voters and younger black voters.”
Why might this be? It’s just a theory, but it could be because Trump “has done good stuff for the black community,” as noted by Jones, and because Trump is “actually talking to” black voters instead of treating them like children, as noted by Charlamagne.
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