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In Unnerving 2 Minutes, Van Jones Sums Up the Emotions of 56 Million Americans

In Unnerving 2 Minutes, Van Jones Sums Up the Emotions of 56 Million Americans: NurPhoto / Getty

NurPhoto / Getty

Hillary Clinton voters across the country were left struggling to articulate their distress after Donald Trump’s victory, called at around midnight on the West Coast, but many tried to on social media. Most expressed anger and shame toward the GOP, white voters and Gary Johnson, who some say drew too many votes away from Clinton and handed Trump the win. Cable news and networks pundits were no different. Danielle Moodie-Mills expressed her frustrations on CBC saying, “I will say this because I have literally nothing left to lose tonight. This is white surpemacy’s last stand in America. This is what this looks like.”

It was CNN’s Van Jones’s emotional, two-minute speech on the meaning of a Trump presidency, though, that shook viewers around the nation—and especially parents. “You tell your kids, don’t be a bully… don’t be a bigot,” he said. “Do your homework and be prepared. And then you have this outcome. You have people putting children to bed tonight, and they’re afraid of breakfast. They’re afraid of ‘How do I explain this to my children?”

While anger, confusion and sadness pulsed through just about half of all voters on Tuesday night and pundits played the “Why did she lose?” blame game, Jones provided a rare, succinct encapsulation of everything the anti-Trump community campaigned against. One can only imagine that, as the clock struck three on the East Coast, President Barack Obama was asking himself the same question.

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