CNN’s Van Jones is not someone you’ll ever confuse as a Trump supporter. Though, unlike many on the left, he’s at least intellectually honest and was even one of the few who said Trump could win in the first place. Van Jones offered his balanced take on President Trump’s speech last night, for which many a tolerant leftists is calling for his head.
Leftists may want to find the nearest safe space…
There are a lot of people who have a lot of reason to be frustrated with him, to be fearful of him. But that was one of the most extraordinary moments you have ever seen in American politics, period. And he did something extraordinary. And for people who have been hoping that he would become unifying, hoping that he might find some way to become presidential, they should be happy with that moment. For people who have been hoping that maybe he would remain a divisive cartoon, which he often finds a way to do, they should begin to become a little bit worried tonight, because that thing you just saw him do, if he finds a way to do that over and over again, he’s going to be there for eight years. Now, there was a lot that he said in that speech that was counter-factual, that was not right, that I oppose and will oppose. But he did something tonight that you cannot take away from him. He became President of the United States.
Considering Van Jones is to the left of… well pretty much everyone (too many to list here) his assessment is fair. Focus not on where we disagree, but where we find common ground. Granted, the President needs to keep his fingers, regular sized or stubby, off Twitter this week, but still. This was the speech many people wanted to hear at the Inauguration. America, patriotism, big(ly) ideas. Bravo.
Of course, those on the left are none too pleased with Van Jones:
Uh oh. What's happening with Van Jones calling the new Trump speech "more presidential "? Have they turned Van from Kunta Kente to "Toby"
— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) March 1, 2017
I'm late to the Van Jones "Trump just became President by exploiting a Seal's widow comment," cause I stopped listening to him months ago.
— Girls Really Rule. (@girlsreallyrule) March 1, 2017
@owillis I said it already, but isn't it fun that Van Jones and the Klan both liked the speech? Just so much fun!
— Odette Roulette (@odetteroulette) March 1, 2017
Public Service Announcement (PSA): Van Jones is a oppression collaborator and opportunist extraordinaire. Give him no credence.
— Johnny E. Williams (@jwillia2) March 1, 2017
You can always count on Democrats to eat their own when someone, especially a minority, traipses off the leftist reservation with an independent thought. No, that’s not racism, that’s a quick analysis of past occurrences: Cam Newton Says America is Past Racism. Leftists Attack, and NFL Legend Jim Brown Still Supports Trump: “He Won Fair and Square.”
Because if people like Van Jones, who tilts further left than the love child of Rosie O’Donnell and Michael Moore (perish the thought), suggests the orange-coiffed commander in chief, sounded presidential? It means their liberal lemmings might think the same. They’re just too afraid to voice such a “treasonous” sentiment.
Other’s at CNN should consider following Van Jones’s lead. Or continue making their popularity ratings a limbo contest.