In a CNN segment discussing the riots in Minneapolis over George Floyd’s death, Obama administration alum Van Jones, said, “It’s not the racist white person who is in the Ku Klux Klan that we have to worry about,” Jones said. “It’s the white liberal Hillary Clinton supporter walking her dog in Central Park.”

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Full transcript of his comments, via RCP:

“As painful as this is, what we saw was a lynching. That’s what a lynching is. We saw a white man deprive a black man of his life in public, with the entire community staring — horror struck. Now the world witnessed a lynching. But there have been lynchings happening in America for hundreds of years. This is what we have lived with.

When you see the police arrest our colleagues in broad daylight, daylight, but right there, when they weren’t doing anything wrong, that happens every day in America, to black people all the time. The arbitrary and capricious abuse of authority. Now, because it was on television, it was handled quickly. But that is — there is another reality here which you’re starting to see. You thought maybe the world worked one way because police are nice to you, because these things don’t happen to people you know, but the whole time there is a whole other America and the reason that you see people now doing the things they’re doing. We have no idea who set those fires. It could have been provocateurs, anybody, the reason you see people willing to risk their lives in the middle of a plague and a pandemic and to go out and literally risk their lives to protest is because people are now fed up.

People are telling me they’re tired of hashtags, they’re tired of Van Jones saying to have a bipartisan solution, they are tired of people like me, they’re tired of people saying over and over again that, you know, we’re just basically one bill away, one election away from some progress.

It’s not the racist white person who is in the Ku Klux Klan that we have to worry about. It’s the white liberal Hillary Clinton supporter walking her dog in Central Park who would tell you right now, you know, people like that, ‘I don’t see race, race is no big deal to me, I see us all as the same, I give to charities,’ but the minute she sees a black man who she does not respect or who she has a slight thought against, she weaponized race like she had been trained by the Aryan nation. A Klansmember could not have been better trained to pick up her phone and tell the police a black man, African-American man, come get him.

So even the most liberal well-intentioned white person has a virus in his or her brain that can be activated at an instant. And so what you’re seeing now is a curtain falling away. And those of us who have been burdened by this every minute, every second of our entire lives are fragile right now. We are fragile right now. We are tired. And so I appreciate people who have been reaching out, I’ve had people reaching out to me for two days now, expressing their empathy and sympathy.”

New video released appears to shows a different angle of Floyd’s murder. Derek Chauvin, the now ex-cop who kneeled on Floyd’s neck until he died, has been charged with third degree murder and manslaughter.

 

 
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