(CNSNews.com) – CNN host and former White House environmental adviser Van Jones reacted to President-Elect Donald Trump’s victory Tuesday night on CNN, calling it a white lash and saying the issue of race could not be ignored.
“This was a white lash. This was a white lash against a changing country. It was a white lash against a black president in part, and that’s the part where the pain comes,” Jones said.
Jones congratulated the Trump campaign for outdoing expectations, but added, “There’s another side to this.
“People have talked about a miracle. I’m hearing about a nightmare. It’s hard to be a parent tonight for a lot of us. You tell your kids don’t be a bully. You tell your kids don’t be a bigot. You tell your kids do your homework and be prepared, and then you have this outcome, and you have people putting children to bed tonight, and they’re afraid of breakfast,” Jones said. “They’re afraid of how do I explain this to my children.
“I have Muslim friends who are texting me tonight, saying should I leave the country. I have families of immigrants that are terrified tonight. This was many things. This was a rebellion against the elite, true. It was a complete reinvention of politics and polls. It’s true, but it was also something else. We’ve talked about everything but race tonight. We’ve talked about income. We’ve talked about class. We’ve talked about region. We haven’t talked about race,” he said.
“This was a white lash. This was a white lash against a changing country. It was a white lash against a black president in part, and that’s the part where the pain comes, and Donald Trump has a responsibility tonight to come out and reassure people that he is going to be the president of all the people who he insulted and offended and brushed aside,” Jones said Tuesday night before Trump was announced as the winner.
“Yeah, when you say you want to take your country back, you got a lot of people who feel that we’re not represented well either, but we don’t want to feel that someone has been elected by throwing away some of us to appeal more deeply to others. So this is a deeply painful moment tonight. I know it’s not just about race. There’s more going on that that, but race is here too, and we gotta talk about it,” Jones added.