CNN host Van Jones defended Republicans and criticized his own party for their treatment of minorities.
Jones tore into leftist rhetoric on the Thursday episode of his show New Day. He was especially upset over the way Democrats try to label various minority groups.
The normally liberal Van Jones slammed his own party’s strict rhetoric, saying “I’ve never met a LatinX, I’ve never met a BIPOC … There’s this weird stuff that all these highly educated people say. It’s bizarre, nobody talks that way at the barbershop, the nail salon, the grocery store, the community center. But that’s how we talk now, so that’s weird.”
Van Jones also defended Republicans, especially minority Republicans, from attacks by the left. He declared not all Republicans are racist and that acting like they are hurts the Democrats.
“I think there is a penalty to pay if you don’t go along with the normal narrative. The normal narrative has been [that] all black and brown people hate racists, all Republicans are racist, so all black and brown voters are going to vote for Democrats,” Van Jones told fellow CNN host John Berman. “All of that doesn’t make sense in the real world. All Republicans are not racist and Republican appeals are not just racial, some of them are economic, some of them cultural, and all black and brown folks are not liberals.”
His ultimate conclusion on the issue was that if Democrats don’t find a way to clean up their rhetoric and quit demonizing Republican voters, it will end up helping Republicans.
“Democrats don’t see this coming, we overreact to the culture moves and under-react to the economic appeal and you’re seeing it pay off for MAGA,” Jones said. “If Democrats want working class black and working class Latino voters, we’re gonna have to change our strategy and respond to the MAGA threat.”
Van Jones’s new position may very well be connected to the new CNN CEO telling the anchors to quit being so partisan left. Do you think that Van Jones has always been more moderate and his old bosses made him take far left stances?