Van Jones On 'The View': Democrats Have A Problem With Elitism; Give Trump A Chance, But Not A Pass


Van Jones talks about his "whitelash" comment, Trump's victory, elitism, electing the first black president, the media "normalizing Trump," the 'alt-right' supporting Trump and not giving the president-elect a "pass."

Jones also complained about the country patting itself on the back for electing a black president.

Jones starts his appearance by addressing the "whitelash" comment:

VAN JONES: Let me tell I wasn't saying. I was not saying that all 50 to 60 million people who voted for Donald Trump are racially hateful people who want to be in the alt-right neo-Nazi camp. I wasn't saying that. And it would be actually unfair to the Trump voters to say that they're all racist. But to say that the alt-right and the neo-Nazis who were celebrating weren't a part, that would be unfair to the right of America. We've got to be honest about what's going on.

Both political parties right now I think have big problems and they don't want to discuss it. And if you discuss it you get in trouble. The liberals, you just talked about how liberals and Democrats, we see ourselves as champions of the poor and the downtrodden. That's how we see ourselves. But we have somehow let a little camp of elitist sounding snobby people come into the party and it's obnoxious and they talk down to people and everybody hates it. And if you say that as a Democrat, they say what are you talking about. But everybody knows we have a problem with elitism.

And then with the Republicans, they see themselves as the party of color blind individualism and that's beautiful, but they have somehow created a space for a small number of racially hateful people to come in their party, and they've got to deal with that too...

For me, the truth is messy. It's never Hillary's perfect and Obama is perfect and Trump is the anti-Christ or Trump was only for the working people and never stirred the pot on racism. The truth is messy. Ain't nobody perfect and we got to start talking about it.

JEDEDIAH BILA, THE VIEW: I believe in that and obviously elitism is alive and well in the GOP side, too. And we disagree a lot but I have immense respect for you. I want to ask you about this 'whitelash' comment because when I heard it, and obviously I'm as white as they come. I may not be in touch with the issue as much as I should be. I admit that. But when I look at it I say President Obama won the election in 2008 and 2012 in large part because a lot of white people, young people of all ages, races came out because they believed he was speaking to them.

So when I look at that I say a lot of white people put an African-American as the first [black] president of the United States. How is this election about race if that is the case? How is it a backlash to that and could it not be that these were two very flawed candidates and Hillary Clinton wasn't somebody who people felt inspired to vote for and it wasn't reflection on race and President Obama?

VAN JONES: Look, first of all, what you're saying has a lot of validity, and there were a number of factors. And anybody who says it's only this or only that isn't being fair. But I think we have to start being true. The majority of white people voted against Obama both times. The majority of white people in California voted against Obama both times. So you don't have a country -- now do they do it for racial reasons? No. The majority of white folks have been voting against Democrats for a long time. I'm not saying it's only racial. But we keep patting ourselves on the back and saying we elected a black president. No, we elected a black president.

Jones on giving Trump a "pass":

JONES: This is important to me because people keep saying we have to give him a chance. And we do have to give him a chance. But we don’t have to give him a pass on everything. We don't have to give him a pass on the things they never gave Obama a pass on.

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