Van Jones Shanks Dems Over Riot Response, but Not Enough

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REFORM Alliance CEO Van Jones gestures as he speaks at the launch of a partnership among recording entertainment moguls, recording artists, business and sports leaders who hope to transform the American criminal justice system, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

 

On Wednesday, CNN contributor Van Jones offered a sound idea: Democrats are in a “perilous situation.”

But why? According to him, because they’re ignoring the economic damage of violent riots.

Appearing on New Day, Jones laid it out thusly:

“[T]his campaign is going well for Donald Trump because we’re not talking about the economic devastation that people are experiencing — or the virus, really. And I think it’s time for us to recognize we — we are in a very perilous situation if you want to see a change in November.”

He’s not wrong, but it seems to me he’s also not right for the right reasons.

Despite media reports and politicians’ claims, those wreaking havoc aren’t Trumpers. Black-suited ninjas revolting against not revolting aren’t being mistaken by average Americans as right-wingers.

Therefore, Democrats have a mondo mess.

And while the economic effect’s considerable, for the first time in contemporary history, a prominent political party finds itself attached to outright murder.

Call it a problem.

But Van seems to think not so much. In fact, it appears, he believes Joe’s heavy-duty condemnation of violence is beating a dead horse.

From what I’ve seen, Biden’s position on murder and mayhem couldn’t impair My Little Pony, much less kill Trigger.

Meanwhile, Trigger Warning: People are being killed by the mob.

Here’s Van’s take:

“I do know that the longer we talk about violence and unrest and how he’s handling it or not handling it, it’s all advantage Trump.”

When have they been talking about it?

Van lamented the President’s “not going to challenge very strongly the police violence,” but as for the ninja threat in the streets, he did point out that a question remains: How are Democrats “going to deal with the edges of violence in [their] own movement?”

He’s got a suggestion:

“We need a national moratorium on these nighttime marches.”

Reasonable.

But don’t think for a moment Dems have left the worse wake:

“There have been a couple of hundred businesses that have been hurt by arsonists, there have been thousands that have been destroyed by mishandling this virus. We’ve got to get off of this conversation around unrest and back to the conversation around literally millions of people who are suffering from the Trump economy.”

I’m thinking that’s not going to work so well. In my view, if Biden and Kamala were to call out their own side — and identify the criminals as such — they wouldn’t lose scores of loyally Left voters, and they might substantially swing some swingers.

Van seems to believe it’s the same on both sides:

“We have two social movements, both have edges of violence to them —  one on the Left, one on the Right.”

In politics, the game is to never admit wrongdoing and to always blame the other side. But in this instance — one of violence, anarchy, America-hate, and murder — I’d say it’s time to go with something novel.

Otherwise, to many this is the look of the Democratic Party:

And any way you slice it — and in any economy — that’s not a good look.

-ALEX

 

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