Van Jones speaks to the pain of Election Night 2016: ‘This was a whitelash’

“This was a whitelash against a changing country.”

Donald Trump rose to national political prominence by questioning whether President Obama was born in the United States. He kicked off his presidential campaign with a tirade against Mexican immigrants. His trademark policy proposals include a Muslim ban and wall on the Mexican border. He’s been filmed mocking disabled people and bragging about sexually assaulting women.

In short, Trump has created a lot of enemies. And that makes the fact he’ll likely be the next President of the United States hard for many to accept.

As the vote count began to break in Trump’s favor Tuesday night, CNN’s Van Jones eloquently addressed how he hopes Trump himself responds to the “whitelash” his election would represent.

“We’ve talked about everything but race tonight,” Jones said. “We’ve talked about income, we’ve talked about class, we’ve talked region. This was a whitelash, this was a whitelash against a changing country, it was a whitelash against a black President, in part.”


“And that’s where the pain comes in,” he added. “And Donald Trump has a responsibility tonight to come out and reassure people that he is going to be the President for all the people he insulted, and offended, and brushed aside.”

Exit polls indicate Trump’s Election Day success — success unforeseen pollsters didn’t foresee heading into Tuesday night — happened in part because he did exceptionally well with white voters, while Clinton didn’t perform as well as Obama did in 2012 among minorities.