After Donald Trump’s shock victory over Hillary Clinton to capture the presidency, Democrats are rightfully doing some soul searching to determine where they went wrong. Democratic commentator and activist Van Jones says part of the problem is Democrats are condescending and elitist.
While a guest on ABC’s “The View” Jones said, “Everybody knows we have a problem with elitism.” He went on to say:
Liberals and Democrats, we see ourselves as champions of the poor and downtrodden. But we have somehow let a little camp of elitist-sounding, snobby people come into the party, and it’s obnoxious. They talk down to people, and everybody hates it.
Jones was not only offering criticism toward Democrats, and he walked back a previous statement he made descrububg all of President-elect Trump’s supporters as racists:
I was not saying all 50 to 60 million people who voted for Donald Trump are racially-hateful people who want to be in the alt-right, neo-Nazi camp. In fact, it would be unfair to the Trump voters to say that they’re all racist. But to say that the alt-right and the neo-Nazis who were celebrating weren’t a part, that would be unfair to the rest of America.
It seems even Jones, who is a former adviser to President Barack Obama, has accepted the reality of Trump as president. Regardless of what happens now, the task falls to Trump to lead the nation and for individuals like Jones to hold Trump’s feet to the fire to assure he follows through with his word.
Watch the full segment below:
— The View (@TheView) December 1, 2016