As a CNN news commentator, Van Jones has been accused in the past of going too easy on Donald Trump. But when news came on Saturday that Joe Biden was elected 46th president of the U.S., his reaction was surprising in its candor and emotion.
"Well, it's easier to be a parent. It's easier to be a dad. It's easier to tell your kids character matters," Jones said, unsuccessfully trying to stifle tears. "It matters. Telling the truth matters. Being a good person matters. It's easier for a whole of people; if you're Muslim in this country you don't have to worry if the president doesn't want you here. If you're an immigrant you don't have to worry if the president is going to be happier to have babies snatched away or send DREAMers back for no reason. This is vindication for a lot of people who have really suffered. 'I can't breathe,' that wasn't just George Floyd... This is a big deal for us just to be able to get some peace and have a chance for a reset. The character of the country matters and being a good man matters. I just want my sons to look at this. It's easy to do it the cheap way and get away with stuff, but it comes back around. It's a good day for the country."