This Week had a bit of excitement as Mary Matalin and Van Jones got into a heated discussion about the role of race in Trump’s victory.

Mediaite reports:

ABC’s This Week, political commentators Van Jones and Mary Matalin went at it over Jones’ much-played post-election comments about the results being a “whitelash” against Barack Obama.

Matalin demanded Jones retract those comments while discussing with another panelist about Democrats’ takeaways from the election. Jones then jumped in and reiterated that he stands by his comments that race played a factor in the election, especially from the alt-right faction.

Matalin responded back that he should tell his children that he went to Yale and is a published author. She also added that he shouldn’t be a “racial polemicist” when he noted that he was the first person in his family born with all of his rights, leading to Jones blowing up.


One of the more bizarre moments occurred after Matalin, quite rightly, points out that the progressives won’t reach the rust belt and other white voters they just lost to Trump by whinging on about climate change and Putin. To this, Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel responds that the left just needs to explain to the people in South Carolina that if they don’t “deal with climate change,” they’ll be “overrun by rivers and water.”

You can’t make this stuff up.