Watch Van Jones School a Black Trump Supporter Unfazed by Trump’s Racist History

The host of New Day Saturday on CNN brought on two commentators of color to debate the protests of President Donald Trump’s visit to the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.


To introduce the controversy, CNN anchor Victor Blackwell played a highlight reel of Trump’s most racially insensitive remarks.

“Let me start with you, Bruce,” Blackwell said to Bruce LeVell, the Executive Director of the Trump National Diversity Coalition. “Did watching any of that make you uncomfortable?”

“No,” LeVell replied.

LeVell is also president of the Donald J. Trump 2020 Advisory Board and is a media surrogate for the Republican National Committee.

“This is a great shot in the arm for economic development for Jackson, Mississippi, which had a 0.5 percent GDP rate,” LeVell explained. “This is historic, it’s big, it’s an honor.”

Blackwell also introduced former civil rights attorney and Barack Obama White House advisor Van Jones.

Jones explained that, “it’s easy to show up for a symbol of racial progress, it’s hard to actually stand for the substance of racial progress.”

“And President Trump has not only not been there, he’s put the car in reverse in so many ways,” Jones concluded.

Jones referenced Donald Trump’s infamous “both sides” response to Charlottesville’s “Unite the Right” rally as continuing to drive the protests.

“The time for him to show his true leadership was when you had an American citizen murdered in the streets by Nazis who used ISIS tactics of driving a car into a crowd and murdered, frankly, a white activist who was opposing Nazis in America,” Jones suggested. “That was the time to come forward and give a complete slam dunk, no-holds-barred defensive of Americans from white terrorists”

“He failed to do that, he tried to equivocate,” Jones reminded. “He ended up defending people who deserved no defense at all and at that point, his credibility to speak to civil rights or to show up to events like this went away.”

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