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‘She Was Running Against an Orange Nightmare!’: Van Jones Recounts the Ways HRC Should Have Won

CNN’s Van Jones stopped by Late Night with Seth Meyers Monday night to discuss his recent special “The Messy Truth,” an insiders look into the lives of many Rust Belt manufacturing families who voted for Donald Trump in the general election. Namely, Jones isolates the people who remarkably voted for “change” in 2008 and 2010 via Barack Obama, and voted for change again in 2016 in favor of Trump.

“We didn’t mean it that way!” Jones joked with host Seth Meyers. The CNN contributor and former Obama official noted that in key counties in states like Ohio, the vote for president was less a referendum on Republican bigotry and more about Democratic elitism. “Three factories closed in their country in the middle of the campaign,” Jones said of this one section of the Buckeye State he visited for his special. “Trump went to that county; Clinton never went.”

But Jones outright laughed off a question by Meyers about the accountability that the Democratic party has (or really, hasn’t) taken since their November 8th drubbing. “So far, what you hear is: it was the Comey letter, it was the Russians, all this stuff,” Jones said on Late Night Monday. “And that’s true. But she was running against an orange nightmare! She should have won by fifty states! I don’t want to hear about the Russians right now.”

“People didn’t feel that we know what it meant to be a coal miner, what it meant to be a Rust Belt worker. So, people didn’t feel the love,” he said of potential Democratic voters in those crucial states.

Watch above via NBC.

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