Van Jones: Democratic Party Has Left Some African-Americans Feeling Frustrated, Taken For Granted

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CNN contributor and former Obama WH staffer Van Jones gives his assessment of Donald Trump's outreach efforts to black voters.

"The Democratic Party, you know, has left some African-Americans feeling frustrated, taken for granted," Jones said, but "Donald Trump is not the right messenger and I think he blew a real opportunity in this campaign."

"Hillary Clinton has done an extraordinary job," of reaching out to black voters, he also said. "African-American support for her equals and sometimes surpasses Obama himself which we thought was impossible."

VAN JONES, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: Look, I thought he did have a real shot early on just because there are cracks. The Democratic Party, you know, has left some African-Americans feeling frustrated, taken for granted. I think the milk curdled though over the course of this campaign. His tone-deaf attempt to outreach to black folks by insulting black people, you are poor, your schools don't work, you know, what the hell have you got to lose, all that kind of stuff I don't think played well. When he's unscripted talking to black people, he offends. When he's reading a script that was written for him, he comes across very well. I think a lot of black voters can see through that. I think Democrats have to be careful going forward.

Just because Donald Trump has been somewhat foolish doesn't mean are smart. There are some real cracks in this coalition. Donald Trump is though not the right messenger and I think he blew a real opportunity in this campaign.

The Democratic Party, you know, has left some African-Americans feeling frustrated, taken for granted.

JONES: Yeah. Yeah, look I mean -- listen, all this stuff sounds good when you say it Paris, but the reality is that Hillary Clinton has done an extraordinary job. African-American support for her equals and sometimes surpasses Obama himself which we thought was impossible. So, he is definitely -- he may be improving, but he's improving from such a low place that you are getting excited about him almost catching up to Romney, maybe passing Romney in one poll. The reality is that Hillary Clinton has done an extraordinary job.

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