CNN commentator Van Jones said Sunday that the “Clinton days” are now “over,” following Hillary Clinton’s decisive loss to Donald Trump in last year’s presidential election.
Speaking on CNN “State of the Union” Sunday, Jones said that the days of Clinton and a moderate Democratic Party are over.
“You have to understand, I think that the Clinton days are over. This idea that we’re going to be this moderate party that’s going to move in this direction, that’s going to throw blacks under the bus for criminal justice reform or for prison expansion, that’s going to throw workers under the bus for NAFTA, those days are over,” Jones said, according to CNN.
He continued, saying that he believes the 2016 election, which proved to be another massive loss for Democrats, was a “referendum” against elitism in the Democratic Party.
“You can’t run and hide. You’ve got to be an authentic person from the beginning,” he said. “You’re going to be judged based on your authentic commitment to the actual base of this party. And if you don’t do that, you can’t win.”
Jones, who was formerly a part of President Barack Obama’s administration, went on to explain that he believes the politics of Sens. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sen.-elect Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn) — which can be characterized as extremely progressive and socialistic — is the future of the Democratic Party.
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