Two weeks ago Van Jones appeared on CNN’s “Inside Politics with John King” and “Anderson Cooper 360” to enthusiastically commend President Trump’s executive order regarding police reform. This, of course, is high treason to the Democratic Party/”resistance”/ Mainstream media collective, to which Jones has triple membership. Nothing this President does, according to the Axis of Unethical Conduct’s by-laws, is ever anything better than stupid, dangerous, or impeachable. The executive order was criticized as cynical and unproductive by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and “delusional” by the Color of Change, a racial spoils organization that Jones co-founded in 2005.
I might have given Jones some integrity points, had I not made up my mind about him long ago. Check the Ethics Alarms dossier on Jones: my 2014 description of his agenda as “fear-mongering, racial distrust and division” was and usually is fair. Then ” a knowledgeable White House source” revealed that Van Jones and California human rights attorney Jessica Jackson, who runs #cut50, a prison-reform group Jones also founded, worked with law enforcement officials and White House staffers (like the hated Jerod Kushner) to develop the policy measure. Jones was praising an action that he had been directly involved in, without informing the CNN audience of his conflict of interest. When he was accused of working on the order, Jones vehemently denied it.
His conduct and denials were dishonest and unethical, but it’s now apparent why Jones kept the secret he is now being attacked for. He knows his team. It’s not the conflict of interest; politicians and journalists don’t care about conflicts of interest unless they can be used to get rid of other politicians and journalists that they don’t like (“Emoluments!!!!”), and the average member of the public literally has no comprehension of what conflicts are and why they are unethical.
No, Van Jones knew he would be crucified—-and now is facing cultural cancellation and shunning because he assisted the President of the United States! The Horror!
Here are some typical tweets:
- “Van Jones should never be allowed in black spaces, black discussions or anything else black.”
- “You can’t help but think that the controversy surrounding CNN pundit, Van Jones today brings into question ALL his “opinions” over the last several years.”
- So was Van Jones pushing Bernie Sanders in order to help Republicans have a chance in November? Seems he’s been helping them the whole time?
- “Van Jones is a sellout, a fraud and a clout chaser. He is using Criminal Justice/Police Reform to gain access and clout via Trump administration that he never got with the Obama administration.”
- BOYCOTT CNN if they do not fire van jones
- “Van Jones is a good case study in how chosen Black Americans are weaponized against ALL Black Americans.”
- “Van jones you just another uncle tom”
…and so on. And on. And on. When David Gergen, a Reagan acolyte, agreed to join the Clinton White House to help the struggling Democratic President bring his choatic administration into some condition approaching functional, there was some complaining by the hard right but the move was overwhelmingly seen as patriotic and responsible. Reaching across ideological and partisan divides in the interest of the nation, responding when called upon to set aside political differences, working together to solve problems—this was once recognized and honored as the right way for a citizen of any party to behave. Fox News commentator Adriana Cohen tweeted, “I commend Van Jones for reaching across the aisle to champion issues he cares about. We need more bipartisanship not less. Extreme divisiveness won’t solve our nations problems. Being able to find common ground will.”
Typical right wing fanatic.
Jones recognized this phenomenon quickly. On his CNN show two years ago, he said to Oprah Winfrey:
“I go out there and I try to tell people, let’s not become what we are fighting. Let’s not be what we’re fighting. They tell me, shut up, Van, because we got bigots out here, we got Nazis out here, we’re getting bullied, we are tired of going high. We want to go low and kick them in the private parts!”
Observe where “the resistance” has brought the country. The Trump Deranged will try to blame it on, naturally, the President, but this was the fateful and poisonous direction the Democratic Party deliberately led the nation in the wake of its much-deserved loss in 2016. While accusing, the President of “defying norms,” the “resistance,” Democrats and the news media set out to destroy one of the most essential democratic norms of all: that all Americans are committed to try to make every President succeed. And it worked. That norm is gone.
How this will be repaired, or if it can be repaired, I do not know. If it is not repaired, our democracy cannot survive.
The very first thing I wrote here among my observations the day after the election was “Give him a chance.” President Trump was never given that chance, and now no President will get a chance either, unless Van Jones’ understanding of a citizen’s duty again becomes the respected one.
Addendum: I almost forgot…Lloyd Grove, who has spent most of his career in the slime of gossip column-writing, authored a truly revolting attack on Jones’ bipartisanship in the Daily Beast. For me, the line that reaffirmed that Grove is a hack among hacks: “Trump was flanked by uniformed officers and police union officials as he signed the executive order in response to the pandemic of unjustified killings of unarmed Black Americans by white cops.”
- You can’t have a pandemic of killings just in America, you illiterate boob.
- Police -related killings have gone down sharply, and most of them, including, perhaps, the recent Atlanta shooting, are not “unjustified.” That’s propaganda.