Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” conservative commentator Mary Matalin and liberal commentator Van Jones had a heated exchange over race in America in light of President-elect Donald Trump’s victory.
Partial transcript as follows:
MATALIN: Can I have an honest moment here people, Van has to my mind retracted your whitelash with what you just said, no, that we have to not focus on the toxic stuff — okay, but you — if you don’t, you’re wrong. You are not — that’s not the path for progressives. We’ve all agreed at the outset that the path which is Ellison’s message is to go back to the rust belt and the rednecks . You’re not going to get there with climate change and Putin.
JONES: I said and stand by it. I said that race was a part and there was a part that alt-right part is part of the whitelash. If you listened to the whole quote you would agree with what I said So i don;t take that back–
MATALIN: I did listen and you said what do I tell the kids. I’m a black man in America who went to Yale and written books who served a president and now —
JONES: I’m a ninth generation American and the first born in my family with all my rights. Ninth generation American, so we have not escaped because I went to Yale all the problems of this country.
MATALIN: You should not be a racial polemicist you should be a racial reconciler.
JONES: You should be ashamed about yourself to say that about me to my face.
MATALIN: Should I say it behind your back would be better?
JONES: I spent more time than you have trying to be a racial reconciler.
MATALIN: Really? how do you know that? Do you know anything about me?
JONES: Apparently you don’t know anything about me.
MATALIN: I do know your daddy, your grandparents were teachers. your grandfather was a bishop.
JONES: This is a problem we have right now. It is in fact the case there was a populist revolt in this country, both Sanders and Trump. One was marbled through. if someone like myself married to a white woman who has spent my entire life building bridges can’t point out the alt-right whitelash reaction without accused of being a racial polemicist we have a big problem.
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