CNN’s Van Jones Warns Dems: Trump Is Helping African-Americans ‘In Real Life’
Jones was responding to Trump's s State of the Union address on Tuesday
CNN contributor Van Jones cautioned fellow panelists and Democrats that President Donald Trump was reaching out to African-Americans and helping them in “in real life” for their vote in 2020.
Jones was responding to Trump's s State of the Union address on Tuesday when noted several efforts to help African-Americans specifically:
What he was saying to African-Americans can be effective. You may not like it, but he mentioned HBCUs [historically black colleges and universities] — our black colleges have been struggling for a long time, a bunch of them have gone under — he threw a lifeline to them, in real life, in his budget.
He talked about that.
He talked about the criminal justice reform. He talked about opportunity zones.
He talked about school choice.
The party still has not reported results after the first-in-the-nation contest.
Jones noted that the State of the Union address came against the backdrop of Democrats’ disastrous Iowa caucuses the day before.
Jones tweeted a video of his comments to the CNN panel, saying:
“WAKE UP, folks. The #IowaCaucus was a debacle, followed by a strong #SOTU speech laying out Trump’s strategy to win – which includes going for Black voters.
"This was a warning shot from the Trump campaign to liberals, and we need to take this VERY seriously in order to win.”
Despite Jones clashing with Trump previously, he did, however, support the administration’s efforts at passing criminal justice reform through the First Step Act.
WAKE UP, folks. The #IowaCaucus was a debacle, followed by a strong #SOTU speech laying out Trump's strategy to win – which includes going for Black voters. This was a warning shot from the Trump campaign to liberals, and we need to take this VERY seriously in order to win. @CNN pic.twitter.com/bgBFms9jtN— Van Jones (@VanJones68) February 5, 2020
During President Donald Trump's #SOTU address on Tuesday, he awarded a fourth-grade black girl a scholarship as numerous Democrats seemingly refused to applaud the heartwarming moment.— Neon Nettle (@NeonNettle) February 5, 2020
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Trump honored African-American heroes during his speech, and also awarded an Opportunity Scholarship to black fourth-grader Janiyah Davis.
Last year, Jones admitted that the Democrats are in a "lose-lose situation" on pushing Trump's impeachment, arguing that huge media attention on such efforts "take the oxygen away from [2020 Democratic presidential] candidates."
Jones told anchor Erin Burnett on "Outfront," that “it’s a tricky thing, the impeachment process because for some Republicans it makes them want to rally around the flag."
"When I was anti-Bill Clinton from the left in the ’90s, and then they tried to impeach him, suddenly Clinton was my best friend,” he continued.
“I was like, ‘Leave Bill Clinton alone.’
"So, I think you get crosscurrents in this thing, and at the same time, the Democrats are in a lose-lose situation.”