There’s a lot going on in the world of news, understandably, since a racist, sexist demagogue just won the U.S. presidential election.
It’s unprecedented — yet, understandable.
However, if you’re a disappointed voter looking for a political news analysis that would help you to make sense of what just happened, make sure you listen to CNN’s Van Jones’ reaction to the election results because, honestly, it’s the only one worth watching right now.
Jones is known for his impassioned political commentary but what he just said about Trump winning the presidential race summed up the fear and pain many are feeling right now.
“People have talked about a miracle — I’m hearing about a nightmare,” Jones said on CNN. “It’s hard to be a parent tonight for a lot of us. You tell your kids, ‘Don’t be a bully.’ You tell your kids, ‘Don’t be a bigot.’ You tell your kids, ‘Do your homework and be prepared.’ Then you have this outcome, and you have people putting children to bed tonight and they’re afraid of breakfast.”
“They’re afraid of, ‘How do I explain this to my children?’ I have Muslim friends who are texting me tonight saying, ‘Should I leave the country?’ I have families of immigrants that are terrified tonight,” he added.
The concerns Jones mentioned are all legitimate since Trump, over the course of his campaign, gave nearly all non-white minorities, including Muslims, a good reason to worry about their future in the country. He called for a ban on Muslim immigration and, once, gleefully resurrected the story of Muslims shot with pig's blood-dipped bullets.
Moreover, according to the available voting stats, race indeed played a decisive role in helping Trump win:
Stop lying to yourself white America. And white women, this was not an anti woman vote this was a pro Trump vote, and you voted. pic.twitter.com/T6J1cQThIF— Ayesha A. Siddiqi (@AyeshaASiddiqi) November 9, 2016
And Jones made sure to point this out:
“This was a whitelash against a changing country,” he said. “It was a whitelash against a black president in part. And that’s the part where the pain comes. And Donald Trump has a responsibility tonight to come out and assure people that he is going to be the president of all the people he insulted and offended and brushed aside.”
Jones is right. But considering Trump’s past record of unapologetic and blatant bigotry and sexism, it’s highly unlikely he will ever give that assurance to the people he has insulted.