For much of the election, CNN commentator Van Jones has been a voice of reason amidst all the insanity. And last night being the most insane night, maybe ever, Jones once again was up to the task of putting into words what a lot of people were feeling after Donald Trump’s win. “It’s hard to be a parent tonight for a lot of us,” a visibly shaken Jones said, calling Trump’s win a “nightmare.” “You tell your kids, ‘Don’t be a bully.’ You tell your kids, ‘Don’t be a bigot.’ You tell your kids, ‘Do your homework and be prepared.’ Then you have this outcome.”
Jones then talked about his Muslim friends texting him and asking if they should leave the country, and called Trump’s win a “rebellion against the elites,” and a “complete reinvention of politics and polls.” But it’s when Jones turned to the subject of race, and how it helped shape this election, that he best captured the tenor of the country.
“This was a whitelash,” Jones said. “This was a whitelash against a changing country. It was a whitelash against a black president in part, and that’s the part where the pain comes. And Donald Trump has a responsibility tonight to come out and reassure people that he is going to be the president of all the people who he insulted and offended and brushed aside.”
Jones added, “This is a deeply painful moment tonight. I know it’s not just about race. There’s more going on than that, but race is here too, and we have to talk about it.”
Hold your loved ones tight, and watch the video above.