CNN Democratic strategist and former White House advisor Van Jones nearly came to blows with fellow analyst and professional Donald Trump supporter Jeffery Lord during Super Tuesday’s election night coverage.
The debate started with Republican strategist S.E. Cupp addressing the billionaire mogul’s reluctance to disavow the Ku Klux Klan and former Grand Wizard David Duke as a “dog whistle” to “other-ize other candidates.”
The comment did not sit well with Lord, who not only called Cupp’s attack “liberal speak,” but also went on to defend his favorite presidential candidate.
“I hate to say this about the Republican establishment but their view of civil rights is to tip the black waiter five bucks at the country club,” the analyst opined. “This is why Donald Trump has the ability [to win] because he’s not going to patronize people.”
Jones interrupted and sided Cupp. The strategist not only declared that most of the things real estate mogul has done are horribly offensive, but also said Trump “is whipping up and tapping into and pushing buttons that are very, very frightening to me and frightening to a lot of people.”
“When you talk about terrorism, [Trump] gets passionate, he says, ‘No, this is wrong.’ When you talk about the Klan, ‘Oh, I don’t know, I don’t know,'” Jones argued. “You came on the air and said this is just like when Rev. [Jeremiah]Wright was speaking. Rev. Wright never lynched anybody, never killed anybody.”
In response, Lord tried to connect the KKK with the Democratic Party, suggesting the Klan used to kill black people “to further the progressive agenda.”
“Don’t hide and say that’s not part of the base of the Democratic Party,” Lord opined. “They were the military arm, the terrorist arm of the Democratic Party, according to historians. For God’s sake read your history.”
However, Jones’ angry rebuttal brought the wild fight to a halt.
“I don’t care how they voted 50 years ago, I care about who they killed,” Jones fired back, claiming the fellow correspondent was trying to disguise the Republican Party’s race problem by making explosive statements. “When you do not acknowledge that he did not answer that question [about disavowing the Klan] with the passion he answered with other terrorist organizations, you do yourself a disservice, you do your candidate a disservice.”
Watch the complete segment in the video above.
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