CNN’s Van Jones to Trump Supporter: ‘You Need to Back Off’

Wednesday on CNN’s “AC 360,” network commentators Van Jones and Kayleigh McEnany got into a heated back and forth a day after Donald Trump won the election.

As protests were unfolding live, Jones attempted to diagnose the emotional state of the protesters, to which network commentator Jeffrey Lord and McEnany pushed back, with Jones erupting at McEnany.

Partial transcript as follows:

VAN JONES: That’s enough. Now, hold on a second.

Muslim parents that are afraid right now aren’t afraid because of kids with signs. They’re afraid because he said over and over again that he wanted to ban people of their faith. That lands like a bomb.

JEFFREY LORD, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: From coming into the country.

JONES: Hold on a second.

LORD: Be accurate.

JONES: You want to explain to me why people who are scared shouldn’t be afraid.

KAYLEIGH MCENANY: But for you to say internment camps —

JONES: Hey, I didn’t say interment camps.

MCENANY: You should correct that. You should correct that fear. That’s true. Donald Trump has never proposed internment camps. You have to correct that.


JONES: You don’t get to lecture me.

You need to back off. You need to have a little bit of empathy and understanding for people who are afraid because your candidate has been one of the most explosively provocative candidates in the history of our country and there’s a price to be paid for that.


JONES: Hold on a second.

COOPER: Let him finish and then respond.

JONES: I am not finished and I’m not going to be talked over tonight. I’m not.

You have people who are terrified. And you have to take some responsibility for it. I am not spreading the terror. I am trying to damp it down.

MCENANY: But, Van —

JONES: Let me finish my point. Listen. You have people, Latino families, who say this guy has said he’s going to deport millions of people. They don’t know, should they sell their homes? They are terrified. That is a real fear.

(h/t The Hill)

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