Van Jones Mocks Trump's Attempt to Distract from His P*ssy Groping Comments with ISIS

Despite having prepared significantly more for the second presidential debate, Donald Trump choked when it came to answering the question on everyone’s minds.


“Are you both modeling positive and appropriate behavior for today’s youth?” moderator Anderson Cooper asked both major party candidates. 

“You called what you said [on the tape released Friday] locker-room banter. You described kissing women without consent, grabbing their genitals. That is sexual assault. You bragged that you have sexually assaulted women. Do you understand that?” Anderson asked Trump.

Trump disagreed.

“No, I didn’t say that at all… this was locker-room talk. I’m not proud of it. I apologize to my family,” Trump said, and then proceeded to pivot to ISIS. 

“It’s locker-room talk, and it’s one of those things. I will knock the hell out of ISIS. We’re going to defeat ISIS,” Trump answered. 

Later that night, the CNN panel was still dumbfounded by his answer. 

"I just thought that was just horrible," Van Jones told Jake Tapper. "Rather than apologizing, he minimized and that was something that everybody here agreed he should avoid doing, and basically if the only thing you have to say about yourself is I'm not as bad as ISIS, I'm not as bad as ISIS, that's your defense, there's something wrong with that kind of response."

Van Jones was also shocked by Trump's threats to jail Clinton, should he become president.

"That is something I think is a new low in American democracy," he noted. 

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