Van was speaking of the Brittany Griner prisoner trade with Russia…
“This is huge. First of all, that’s a decade-defining image when you saw her wife sitting there, Kamala Harris was there, president is there, such a human image, and yet it just shows this president got it done. He cared enough about this individual person to get her home. It was shocking for young Americans to see an icon like that snatched, locked up, treated like garbage and nine years, ten years for bringing some cannabis oil, medically prescribed. So these are decade-defining images. I guarantee you there will be young people 10, 20, 30 years from now who will remember this moment because she is an icon. It’s really, really extraordinary. And people are talking about this other guy. He’s so terrible. Look, there’s a lot of terrible people in the world, a lot of terrible people in Russia. What you can’t allow to happen is have a black female icon treated like garbage and America do nothing about it. Something was done about it, and people are going to be proud of that.”
—Race-obsessed pundit Van Jones, once Barack Obama’s “Green Jobs Czar,” blathering on to try to justify President Biden trading an arrogant, dumb, America-bashing athlete who defied State Department travel warnings for money and got caught with illegal drugs in Russia, for an international arms dealer and terrorism purveyor, Viktor Bout, who is a good bet to kill lots of people with his skills.
That’s a little long for an Unethical Quote, but the full thing is necessary to give a proper sense of just how ethically obtuse, factually-nonsensical and outright stupid the quote is. Van Jones has proved over the past that he is not incapable of perceptive analysis, but he persists in outburst like this one, usually conscening race, that make him one of the epitomes of the Ethics Alarms motto, “Bias Makes You Stupid. Jones is smarter than this quote makes him sound, so we must assume that he knows what he’s saying is garbage, but he’s saying it on CNN anyway.
Ethics Strike One.
- “Decade defining image?” Stop insulting our intelligence. Griner will be completely forgotten as soon as she quits basketball, and only lightly remembered before that. How many people remember Bo Bergdahl now?
Ethics Strike Two.
- Got what done? Any 12th grader could have made that trade, which was so lopsided Russia would have been crazy not to accept it. What Biden was supposed to “get done” was to get both imprisoned Americans back, not just the useless Griner by former Marine Paul Whelan, who has been detained by Russia for four year on trumped up charges. Biden didn’t “get it done.”
Ethics Strike Three
- Griner is no icon. This is irresponsible, dishonest icon inflation. She’s a pituitary freak star in a minor professional sport and an inferior version of basketball. A recent poll found that 6% of American men cared about the WNBA. More men used to follow the roller derby. There hasn’t been an “icon” in women’s basketball yet, and may never be. Griner has a narrow fan base that admires huge black, grotesquely tattooed lesbians who refuse to stand for the National Anthem. If we slice groups that thin, anyone can be an icon. Even me.
Ethics Strike Four
- Did Van really say that it’s OK to loose a terrorist ally with thousands of deaths on his rap sheet on the world because there are lots of bad people out there? He sure did. I don’t have the time or energy to check off all the rationalizations such an offensive assertion requires. Check the list out. I found three Jones’ dinged in the first ten, and I was only counting the rationalizations that applied to this part of his quote. I bet there are 30 or 40 that he employed in his whole, obnoxious statement.
Ethics Strike Five
“What you can’t allow to happen is have a black female icon treated like garbage and America do nothing about it.” Well, she’s not an icon even to black females, but Jones is also saying that there would be no similar urgency to rescue a white female, and we already know that a white male in Griner’s situation doesn’t warrant Biden “getting it done.” This is racial bias straight up. Let’s say Taylor Swift was as dumb as Griner and got herself thrown in a Russian prison. If van thinks Griner’s supporters equal even 5% of the number that would be screaming for Joe to rescue Swift, he’s nuts.
Matt Margolis of PJ Media says that Jones “admitted” that identity politics played a part in Griner’s release. That’s not an “admission”; Jones didn’t do it. At best it’s an opinion, and who doesn’t know that a President who has repeatedly put tribal identity above merit and has pandered to niche Democratic constituencies made this a priority over saving lives? The difference is that Jones thinks this is something to be proud of.
Ethics Strike Six
That’s two full three-strike ethics whiffs in one stupid statement for Van.