It’s ironic that Van Jones is now playing identity politics with his own party, since his criticism is usually directed at Republicans.
CNN political commentator and former green jobs advisor to President Obama Van Jones argued the Democratic Party “has a problem” and “the whitest field that we have seen since 1992″ on Monday’s broadcast of CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper.”
…He continued, “I think this whole party has a problem. This is the whitest field that we have seen since 1992. There’s no Sharpton. There’s no Carol Moseley Braun. There’s no non-white people there, and this is a party that has to get, not 60%, not 70%, not 90%, but 94% of the black vote to win. This is a big problem for the whole party. The Clintons get the black vote by default, but nobody has made a case yet Jake, that they can do better. If Biden gets in, he might be able to make that case, but Bernie Sanders has so much room to grow with the black vote, he should take the opportunity tomorrow to make his case why a white guy from Vermont should get the support of a party with that much black participation.”
Van Jones might think the Democrats have a color problem, but what they really have is a character problem. Trust in Hillary Clinton and the federal government (from both Republicans and Democrats) are at all-time lows, and it’s no mystery why.
The federal government is a revolving door of corruption and mismanagement. Hillary keeps lying and withholding information on her email scandal. The EPA can’t stop ruining nature. The Department of Veteran’s Affairs can’t seem to get it together. Obama’s war on coal threatens to put middle class Americans out of business and disproportionately raise energy rices on low income Americans. The unemployment rate for black Americans under the Obama Administration is almost double the national unemployment rate.
Van Jones should be paying less attention to what the candidates look like, and more attention to what the candidates are saying and how their liberal policies will hurt minority and low income families the hardest.