CNN pundit Van Jones (formerly President Obama's Green Jobs Czar) has a reputation for calling like he sees it — and Saturday's appearance at The People's Summit in Chicago was no exception.
He talked about the debate that has been raging on the left for several election cycles now — which demographic warrants the most attention:
Should we focus on people of color, should we focus on racial justice, should we focus on African Americans and Latinos and the rising majority — or should we instead focus on the white working class? Should we focus on those industrial workers who have been left behind?
This is the stupidest false choice I have ever heard. It is stupid."
Jones then went on to apply that statement to the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign in 2016:
“I don't mean to be rude and I don't mean to offend anyone, but the people who ran the Hillary Clinton campaign did not spend their money on white workers and they did not spend their money on people of color — they spent it on themselves.”
But his final assessment was brutal: “They took $1 billion. One billion dollars. They took $1 billion, and they set it on fire and called it a campaign.”