Van Jones first entered the American consciousness when he was handpicked by the President to join the administration as an environmental advisor, but was soon forced out once America learned that he was a closet communist and supporter of cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal. Since then, Jones has made a living as a very successful political pundit on cable TV, particularly at CNN.
And it was on CNN Sunday morning where Jones pronounced the Clinton era dead, while simultaneously trumpeting the arrival of a new socialist Democrat Party.
Jones is not the official spokesperson of the Democrat Party, but he is an important voice for the “progressive” (read socialist) wing of the party. While his comments shouldn’t be seen as a definitive statement on the state of the party, they can be understood as a very well informed commentary of the party’s direction.
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Here’s what he had to say on CNN:
“You have to understand, I think that the Clinton days are over. This idea that we’re going to be this moderate party that’s going to move in this direction, that’s going to throw blacks under the bus for criminal justice reform or for prison expansion, that’s going to throw workers under the bus for NAFTA, those days are over. You can’t run and hide. You’ve got to be an authentic person from the beginning. You’re going to be judged based on your authentic commitment to the actual base of this party. And if you don’t do that, you can’t win.”
— CNN (@CNN) January 1, 2017
Jones then went on to add that the socialist wing of the party, under the leadership of Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, and Keith Ellison, would now take the reins of leadership and push the party even further left.
Pretty terrifying stuff.