Van Jones has had it with the Democratic party’s infighting. Today on CNN while discussing the conflict that ensued in the wake of the Nevada primary, Jones compared the ongoing trouble between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders supporters to two children fighting with one another:
‘I’ve got kids and sometimes kids get into a fight and maybe one is more wrong than the other. But both kids usually did something. And that’s what happened in Nevada.’
Jones clearly thinks Clinton’s handling of her opponent has been less than stellar, but he then went on to lay a good bit of the blame on the DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz:
‘Hillary Clinton was going to win but she played it badly, then you had people that overreacted. If you’re the chair, you’ve got to come out and say I don’t like some of the things I’ve heard about […] If you come out and just smash on one side, you lose the ability to be the arbiter and that’s what happened last night [with Wasserman Schultz] and I think there are going to be repercussions for that for the long term.’
Jones’s criticism of Wasserman Shultz , though, backs up what many commentators have seen as favoritism for Clinton from the party’s leadership:
‘You’ve got a situation now where I think you have a leadership failure possibly in both wings of the party. And, Debbie, who should be the umpire, who should be the marriage counselor is coming in harder for Hillary Clinton than she is for herself.’
But then Jones, who’d already made a great point about the Democratic party’s failure to appear impartial, delivered what has to be the wort possible insult he could level at Wasserman Schultz:
‘I wish Reince Priebus was my party chair. He did a better job of handling the Trump situation than I’ve seen my party chair handle this situation. I’m ashamed to say that.’
He probably should be ashamed to say it, but there it is. It’s hard to say if this is really a fair criticism of Wasserman Schultz given that Priebus made his reluctance to back Trump clear from the beginning but rallied behind the real estate mogul once he’d clearly done away his competition. Still, Jones’s sentiment is one that quite a few Democrats and independents share at the moment. There’s been a lot talk recently about the soul of the Republican party being on the line in this election, but as Jones points out, the Democratic party is facing its own identity crisis and may well be in danger of alienating a great many of its supporters.
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