Earlier Thursday, Van Jones published a piece to CNN’s website offering a defense for his comments in a video released by conservative activist James O’Keefe on Wednesday — in which Jones was heard saying “The whole Russia thing is a big nothing-burger.”
In the CNN piece, Jones claimed his words were edited out of context. He linked to a conversation in a recent Twitter chat in which he articulated his position more fully.
I am glad there is a Russia investigation, and I hope they get to the bottom of it. But I think Democrats are fooling ourselves if we think that something is going to come out of this investigation that is somehow going to end the Trump presidency and make everything better. Unless there is a real smoking gun, which there is probably not, it’s just going to be a big old mess. Meanwhile we are not talking about jobs, not talking about poverty, not talking about solutions, not talking about the addiction crisis. Let’s talk about our stuff.
Thursday night, in his first on-air appearance since the video was released, Jones essentially made the same argument. Only this time, he added some choice words to blast O’Keefe:
“This guy is a hoaxster, he’s a fraudster, he’s been convicted, paid fines, had to apologize. He’s a scumbag and he does this stuff all the time.”
Jones, however, saved most of his criticism for the White House, as Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders encouraged the press to watch the video during her Wednesday briefing.
“The worst thing is that the Trump White House elevated it,” Jones said. “You have the Trump White House elevating a guy who is a known fraudster.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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