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Van Jones Warns: Biden Needs To Show "Bernie Kids" He Gets It, He Cares, To Avoid "Pyrrhic Victory"


CNN’s Van Jones warned Democratic Party leaders Tuesday that with Joe Biden the presumed nominee, they will have to take great care to reach out to "angry" and desperate Sanders supporters.

VAN JONES: This is a very dangerous moment now in the Democratic Party.

You have now an insurgency that’s about to be defeated. What do you do with the people that you defeat? There was a hope on the part of a lot of young people they had a champion. You got young people who are graduating with a quarter-million dollars in debt, young people with a lot of pain, and they had a champion. And they thought they were going to be able to surround the divided establishment with their movement, crush that divided establishment, and move forward.

Instead, the establishment united and stopped them. Now, what do you do?

Last time Bernie Sanders got beaten, there was an assumption that all his people were going to fall in line and vote against Trump and there was not enough care for the concern and the pain of his base.

I think tonight, there's going to be a lot of crowing, a lot of relief on the part of the establishment, but keep it temperate and turn, turn to those people and say we want to be your champion.

If you don’t do that, you’re going to have a pyrrhic victory.

He continued:

VAN JONES: I think his main appeal, Biden, is that he wants to bring the country together and heal it. When I have a pandemic going on, somebody who is a healer has a lot of appeal.

But the first thing you have to do is bring this party together. You want to bring America together, the first test is can you bring the party together?

As happy as a lot of people are tonight, there are a lot of people whose hopes have been crushed tonight. I don't think a lot of people get it. There are people who don't know know how they're going to make it.

They're in the gig economy. This whole pandemic is throwing them completely out of work.

They can't get -- they can't go from point A to point B.

And they don't see the passion yet from Joe Biden for their pain. They don't trust him yet to fight until the last dog bites for them. And they trust Bernie Sanders to do it. If Bernie is going to be ushered off the stage tonight and Biden is going to stand up there, he has to pull the people close to him. And the empathy he has for everybody else is for the Bernie kids.

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