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A CNN political pundit just laid it out there during election coverage on Tuesday night: Americans are racist for electing Donald Trump.
A visibly angry Van Jones observed that the election of Donald Trump was a “whitelash” against people of color in the United States and against the black president:
“This was a rebellion against the elites, true. It was a complete reinvention of politics and polls, it's true. But it was also something else. We've talked about race—we've talked about everything but race tonight. We've talked about income, we've talked about class, and we haven't talked about race. This is 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.” [emphasis added]
And then he doubled down on his allegation with a tweet:
But the man whom Politifact confirmed was once a communist, who's the former Obama White House green jobs czar, missed something. The other alternatives on the ballot were white, too. And the question is, would they have also been accused of “whitelash” against a black president if they'd won?
As 'Stacy on the Right' opined on Facebook, Jones also missed something else. Blacks, Hispanics, other people of color, and women voted for Trump, too:
Stacy Washington wasn't the only one who decided to 'school' Jones. Radio talk show host and author Larry Elder flipped the script:
Writer David French wasn't buying the 'whitelash' claim — and he pointed out the numbers just don't add up:
This guy also looked at the numbers:
While Van Jones got a lot of support for his comments on social media, he didn't address the fact that Pew Research says exit polls show that Trump received about as many white votes as Mitt Romney did in 2012.
But Trump performed slightly better than Romney with minority voters:
“However, although Trump fared little better among blacks and Hispanics than Romney did four years ago, Hillary Clinton did not run as strongly among these core Democratic groups as Obama did in 2012.”
Black and Hispanic voters also showed up in fewer numbers to vote for Hillary Clinton than expected.
With this in mind, Jones simply failed to connect the dots on how fewer minority voters for Mrs. Clinton equates into “whitelash.”