Passionate CNN correspondent Van Jones had some powerful things to say last evening as it became a reality that Donald Trump will become the 45th president of the United States. While acknowledging that half of the country has experienced “a miracle” with Trump’s win, many others are facing their worst nightmare.
“I am hearing about a nightmare,” the analyst calmly says. “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 their children to bed tonight and they’re afraid of breakfast. They’re afraid of how do I explain this to my children?”
That’s the reality minorities in this country are facing. Donald Trump’s campaign has spewed hatred in more ways than one and based on certain things he intends to do (ie: building a wall), there’s very real concern for several people in this country.
“I have Muslim friends who are texting me tonight saying ‘Should I leave the country?’,” Van added. “I have families of immigrants who are terrified tonight.”
The strongest point of Van’s message, however, was what he considers a clear “whitelash” against a black president and a changing country. In other words, there was clear, racist intentions behind electing Donald Trump, from Van’s point of view.
“This was a whitelash against a changing country. It was a whitelash against a black president, in part and that’s the part where the pain comes. Donald Trump has a responsibility tonight. To come out and reassure people that he is going to be the president of all the people he insulted and offended and brushed aside. When you say you want to take your country back you have a lot of people who feel like we’re not represented here 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. This is a deeply painful moment tonight. I know its not all about race, but we gotta talk about it.”
Watch Van’s powerful words below and be sure to weigh in with your thoughts in the comment section.