CNN contributor Van Jones warned fellow panelists, and Democrats in general, on Tuesday evening that President Donald Trump was helping African-Americans “in real life” and reaching out to them for their vote in 2020.
Jones was reacting to the president’s State of the Union address, in which the president mentioned several efforts to help African-Americans specifically:
What he was saying to African-Americans can be effective. You may not like it, but he mentioned HBCUs [historically black colleges and universities] — our black colleges have been struggling for a long time, a bunch of them have gone under — he threw a lifeline to them, in real life, in his budget. He talked about that. He talked about the criminal justice reform. He talked about opportunity zones. He talked about school choice.Van Jones (CNN Contributor)
Jones has clashed with Trump before, though he has supported the administration’s efforts at passing criminal justice reform through the First Step Act.
President Trump honored African-American heroes several times during his speech, notably Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee and Army Veteran Tony Rankins. He also awarded an Opportunity Scholarship to fourth grader Janiyah Davis.
The president appears to be fighting for many policies that affect Black Americans. For Van Jones to admit this and warn his party is a stark blow and reveals a reality much of the mainstream media has chosen to ignore.