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Van Jones: "Unrest" Is Helping Trump, Need A "Moratorium On Nighttime Marches"

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CNN's Van Jones called for a national moratorium on "nighttime marches" and said the "unrest" plays into the hands of President Donald Trump. On CNN Wednesday, Jones urged Democrats to focus on people "suffering" from the Trump economy and mishandling of the virus instead of arguing over violence.

"I do know that the longer we talk about violence and unrest and how he's handling it or not handling, it's all advantage Trump," Jones said. "In other words, this campaign is going well for Donald Trump because we're not talking about the economic devastation that people are experiencing, or the virus really."

"I think that Joe Biden can actually begin to move his own movement in a better direction, lead a national moratorium on these nighttime marches," Jones said. "That would separate the responsible, productive demonstrations that have united the whole world from some of these other demonstrations that are just not as useful."


"There have been thousands that have been destroyed by mishandling this virus," he said. "We've got to get off of this conversation around unrest and back to the conversation around the literally millions of people who are suffering from the Trump economy and the mishandling of the virus."

VAN JONES, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: No, I don't. But I do know that the longer we talk about violence and unrest and how he's handling it or not handling, it's all advantage Trump. In other words, this campaign is going well for Donald Trump because we're not talking about the economic devastation that people are experiencing, or the virus really.

I think it's time for us to recognize we are in a very perilous situation if you want to see a change in November. We have two social movements. Both have edges of violence to them, one on the left, one on the right. I think it's baked in that Donald Trump is not going to challenge very strongly the police violence and the vigilante violence, and a lot of people, frankly, are comfortable with that.

The question is, how are Democrats and progressives going to deal with the edges of violence in our own movement? I think that Joe Biden can actually begin to move his own movement in a better direction, lead a national moratorium on these nighttime marches.

That would separate the responsible, productive demonstrations that have united the whole world from some of these other demonstrations that are just not as useful. There are things that Joe Biden and other progressives can do. They can begin to push down on the violence in our movement, and then turn it back toward the people who are actually suffering. The businesses -- there have been a couple of hundred businesses that have been hurt by arsonists. There have been thousands that have been destroyed by mishandling this virus. We've got to get off of this conversation around unrest and back to the conversation around the literally millions of people who are suffering from the Trump economy and the mishandling of the virus.
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