Sunny Hostin accuses Van Jones of providing ‘racial cover’ for Donald Trump

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Left-wing CNN commentator Van Jones is being given the “you ain’t black” treatment for the crime of having worked cordially with the Trump administration and its allies to help black men and women who were unfairly incarcerated over victimless drug crimes.

Appearing on ABC’s “The View” this Friday, the CNN commentator was harangued by the show’s far-left hosts for essentially being a decent human being.


During one segment, co-host Sunny Hostin slammed him as a “political opportunist” and said that members of the black community “don’t trust” him anymore.

“Now Van, you do spend a lot of time, you know, threading the middle and trying to unite people, but there are those who really accuse you of being a political opportunist, a chameleon, so to speak, who provided racial cover for former, disgraced, twice-impeached President Trump,” she said.

“You said this, and I quote, ‘Donald Trump, and I get beat up by liberals every time I say this, but I’m gonna keep saying it. He has done good stuff for the Black community. Opportunity zone stuff, Black college stuff. There’s a side to Donald Trump that I think he does not give enough credit for.'”

Jones did indeed say that, and for maintaining this congenial sentiment — one that’s presumably shared by the eight percent of all blacks who voted for Trump in 2020 — the CNN host was called a “sellout,” among other disparaging words.

Hostin continued by contrasting Jones’ praise of Trump’s good actions with the elated joy he experienced when the former president lost the 2020 election.

Based on this contrast, she added, “People in the black community don’t trust you anymore.”

Listen to her words and Jones’ response below:

“I don’t think that that’s true,” the CNN commentator replied.

Why? For one, his quote has been taken out of context.

“The entire quote I said was that Trump has done a lot of good stuff he doesn’t get credit for, and then I went on to say that the reason he doesn’t get credit for it is because he’s done all this horrific stuff, and it completely erases what he’s done. But what happens is social media will take the clip, but they won’t show the full context,” he explained.

And for another, there’s nothing wrong with trying to help people.

“My entire life has been about bringing people together to solve tough problems for people at the very bottom who don’t have anything. I have spent 25 years fighting against the prison system. I have helped to close five abusive prisons. And by working with Republicans at the local, state and federal level, including the Trump administration, I have helped pass 18 bipartisan bills.”

Via these bills, he’s gotten “14,000 people out of the federal prison system” and another “70,000 human beings who were suffering in jails and prisons under COVID released under compassionate care, released working with Republicans and Democrats.”

Jones then brought up Black Lives Matter, an extremist movement that purports to care about black lives yet routinely rejects opportunities to engender meaningful change.

“You know, Black Lives Matter, but math matters too. Eighty percent of black folks are locked up in states that are run in part or whole by Republicans. Red states and purple states. So when you can pass a law as my team has done in Louisiana, in Georgia … to get people home. The people behind bars are not sitting up here worried saying, get me out of prison, Van, but whatever you do, don’t talk to a Republican. They say get me out of prison,” Jones said.

“And I am proud of the fact that my team … have been able to work with anybody to get folks home. At some point, we have to stop focusing on rhetoric and look at results. People may not like everything I’ve said on television … but look at what I have done. Who among my critics have been able to get people together to help folks at the bottom?”

He concluded his response with a passionate, emotional plea to the left.

“When we fight like this about everything, and you can’t give anybody even a little bit of credit for anything, who it hurts is not the politicians. It’s not the pundits. It’s regular folks who don’t have anything. People who can’t vote because they’re in jail. We have to put their interests first. I’m never going to apologize for putting the interests of people at the bottom first. People need champions whoever’s in that White House,” he said.

Unfortunately but not surprisingly, his words seemed to go in one ear and fell right out the other:

For all their talk about “truth,” Jones’ critics seem to be devoid of it — not to mention devoid of empathy, compassion and tolerance.

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