Van Jones made it clear he has not gotten over what he most famously called a “Whitelash” in Trump’s 2016 victory.
While it’s been nearly 3 years, during post debate analysis Jones said “we’re all still in therapy” over 2016, portraying Trump’s win as an epic disaster which gave many PTSD.
CNN’s post-debate analysis took an abruptly emotional turn Tuesday night when the Van Jones Show’s eponymous host supposed that all present were “still in therapy” for the heart-wrenching defeat they’d suffered on the fateful night of November 8, 2016.
Jones spent most of the panel discussion advocating for a radical departure from the supposedly “moderate” policies of the lesser-known candidates on Tuesday’s stage. “None of those moderates are gonna make it,” he griped. He also chided that same handful of candidates for looking like “scaredy-cats” in the presence of strident progressives like Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
Jones later broke out this somber (or entertaining, depending on one’s political alignment) take:
What – what went wrong in 2016? I think we’re all still in therapy trying to figure out what went wrong in 2016. And depending on who your therapist is, you have a different answer. I think for a lot of progressives, you’re correct, some of these ideas – they may be a bridge too far. And I have that same fear. But I just want to speak to the people who say, “You know what? We don’t care.”
He continued: “And at this point, when you have a President who has gone so far to the right, and done so many things, and been rewarded for the audacity of it, why can’t we be audacious?”