‘We Have to Be Able to Speak Honesty’: Van Jones Defends ‘Whitelash’

van-jonesCNN’s Van Jones this afternoon defended his blunt assessment of Donald Trump‘s victory coming in part thanks to a big American “whitelash.”

Mike Shields agreed that’s certainly an element of what happened, but implored Jones not to pain with a broad brush and demonize a whole group of people like that.

“If you want to bring people together, we’ve gotta stop painting with a broad brush,” he said. “Let’s not call a whole party a certain name based on certain things certain people have said.”

Jones made it clear he was more bullish on Trump than many other Democrats in the beginning, and he firmly believes in finding common ground, but he also said that “common ground can be identified, but we have to be able to speak honestly.”

He argued that just as he can’t argue the Democratic party is free of elitism, Republicans can’t argue that their party is “100 percent pure” of racism and/or racial resentment.

Watch above, via CNN.

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