Though he’s a Democrat who has openly criticized Donald Trump, political pundit Van Jones was accused on ‘The View’ of losing the “trust” of black people for daring to work with the former president.
Appearing on ‘The View’ to chat about a documentary produced in cooperation with co-host Meghan McCain, Jones was confronted over his working with the Trump Administration on criminal justice reform.
“Now Van, you do spend a lot of time threading the middle and trying to unite people,” co-host Sunny Hostin said. “But there are those who accuse you of being a political opportunist–a chameleon, so to speak–who provided racial cover for former, disgraced, twice-impeached President Trump.”
Mentioning the fact that Jones had cried on air after Biden’s presidential victory and praised the return of “character” and “truth,” Hostin suggested “people in the black community don’t trust you anymore.”
Slamming the accusation as “not true,” Jones fired back at Hostin.
“Who among my critics have been able to get people together to help folks at the bottom? When we fight like this about everything and you can’t give anybody even a little bit of credit for anything, who it hurts is not the politicians, it’s not the pundits, it’s regular folks who don’t have anything,” he said.
Jones later warned Democrats against “throwing away” the millions of people who’d voted for Trump.
“Your trash you just threw away could become the Proud Boys’ treasure, it could become the Nazis’ treasure,” he said.
Jones’ words fell on deaf ears and the fact that the very documentary he was there to promote was about “unity” seemed to be irrelevant.
“You’ve lost a lot of people who trusted you and who saw you as a voice because of the positions you took during Trump,” co-host Ana Navarro said, noting not only Jones’ work with the Trump administration, but him being in pictures with conservatives like Candace Owens.
Defiant, Jones said he’s “proud” of the reform he worked on with the Trump administration and has “no regrets.”
Jones was eventually cut off, with co-host Joy Behar telling him to “take a nap.”
Liberals have celebrated the verbal beating Jones took, while conservatives, including Owens herself, called the segment “utterly psychotic.”
“To add context. Van Jones and I smiled together in a picture at a bi-partisan event attended by both Republicans and Democrats for the First Step Act–prison reform,” she explained in another tweet, referencing Navarro being triggered by a photo of Owens with Jones.
OMG I cannot stop laughing. @ananavarro just questioned Van Jones for taking “a smiling picture with Candace Owens”. Um…what? The radical Left wants to unite America by making it a criminal act to smile in pictures with conservatives. Utterly psychopathic. https://t.co/QRzuoL5DfI
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) February 5, 2021
I just want to thank @sunny for saying it.. cause it’s exactly how we feel.. “We Don’t Trust Him” Van Jones. Period.. No one is saying he didn’t do anything. But did you do it for the people or for himself. Yes there is a difference. He got very defensive of his legacy. #TheViewpic.twitter.com/AnmlLjHdGA
— justdoodirty2 (@justdoodirty3) February 5, 2021
Many of the clips shared on Twitter have also cut out Jones’ response to Hostin, instead focusing on her accusations.
Sunny just called out Van Jones for all his flip-flopping. I remember when Van Jones was championing Bernie’s progressive policies. Now many people on the left and the center see him as an opportunist. #TheView 🔥 pic.twitter.com/0ma5WIl955
— The Chat (@LiveOnTheChat) February 5, 2021
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