I was watching CNN last night when this really powerful discussion occurred between former Obama staffer Van Jones and former Reagan staffer/Donald Trump supporter Jeffrey Lord about race, the Ku Klux Klan and the Democratic Party.
The exchange must have gone on for at least ten minutes, at times getting very heated.
Here's just an excerpt via the Washington Post:
Though Jones allowed that pundits had not “respected” Trump voters, he said that “there is a dark underside here…. He is whipping up and tapping into and pushing buttons that are very, very frightening to me and frightening to a lot of people.” He added: When Trump, who declined to denounce the KKK in an interview Sunday before doing so on Twitter, is “playing funny with the Klan, that is not cool” — especially given the candidate’s outspoken position on Muslim extremists.
“I know this man, when he gets passionate about terrorism,” Jones said of Trump. “I know how he talks about terrorism. The Klan is a terrorist organization.”
Lord, citing the KKK’s historic connection with the Democratic Party, turned up the temperature. “A leftist terrorist organization,” he said.
Jones started to look a little angry.
“We’re not going to play that game,” Jones said.
Lord: “We are going to understand history.”
Jones: “No, you need to take a serious look at the fact that this man is playing fast and loose…. When you talk about terrorism, he gets passionate. He says, ‘No, this is wrong.’ But when you talk about the Klan, ‘Oh, I don’t know, I don’t know.’”