Admitted communist Van Jones, now a CNN contributor, got a taste of his own medicine on Sunday when facing off against longtime Republican strategist Mary Matalin on ABC’s This Week With George Stephanopoulos.
After the election results rolled in and it appeared that Trump was going to pull off one the biggest electoral upsets of all-time, Van Jones put on his community organizer/race hustling hat, blaming Clinton’s loss, at least in part, on something he called a “whitelash against a black president.”
“This [election] was many things,” Van Jones said to the CNN panel on election night. “True — it was a complete reinvention of politics that’s true. But it’s also about race. We’ve talked about race. This was a whitelash! This was a whitelash against a changing country. It was a whitelash against a black president, in part. And that’s the part where the pain comes.”
The following exchange between Mary Matalin and Van Jones got overheated when Jones said that he stood by his race-baiting comment and Matalin labeled him a divisive “racial polemicist” (Watch video below), and Katrina Vanden Heuvel, editor, and publisher of “The Nation,” a communist propaganda site, rushes to Jones’ defense.
It’s awesome when Jones says that Matalin doesn’t know anything about him, then she rattles off his family history. Boom!
VAN JONES: I said and stand by it. I said that race was a part, and there was a part, that alt-right part, that was a part of the whitelash. And if you listened to the whole quote, you would agree with what I said.
MARY MATALIN: I did listen and again you said what do I tell the kids? What I would tell your kids, I’m a black man in America who went to Yale, who has written books, who served a president and now…
JONES: And ninth generation American, ma’am, and I’m the first one in my family born with all my rights. I’m a ninth generation American. And so we have not escaped because I went to Yale all the problems of this country.
MATALIN: So, you should be a racial polemicist! You should be a racial reconciler.
JONES: You should be ashamed of your self to say that to my face! I have spent more time in this country…
MATALIN: Say it behind your back would be better?
JONES: Hold on a second, I spent more time than you have trying to be a racial reconciler in this country.
MATALIN: Really? How do you know that? Do you anything about me? Do you know anything about me?
JONES: Apparently you don’t know anything about me.
MATALIN: Yes, I do know your daddy, your grandparents were teachers. Your grandfather was a bishop.
JONES: George, this is a problem that we have right now. It is in fact the case there was a populist revolt in this country — both Sanders and Trump — but one of them was marbled through with this alt-right stuff. If someone like myself, who is married to a white woman, who has spent my entire life building bridges, can’t point out the alt-right whitelash reaction without being accused of being a racial polemicist, we’re going to have a big problem in this country.
KATRINA VANDEN HEUVEL: Have you no sense of decency to say that to a man who has been a healer throughout horrific brutal campaign, he has spoken sanity to power. And to those who…
MATALIN: OK, my deepest apologies [tongue-in-cheek]. You don’t know anything about me. You don’t know anything about my healing and I would say there are ways to get to reconciliation different from calling — focusing on the toxic elements as you did on election night.
The conversation ends with Van Jones agreeing to meet with Mary Matalin so that he can get to know her better. Priceless.
Matalin is married to Democrat hothead and Clintonista James Carville, known as the “Ragin’ Cajun” a marriage that has always befuddled. She’s obviously honed her debate skills being married to him and it showed in this exchange.