Liberal political commentator Van Jones ripped 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign to shreds during a speech over the weekend at a conference in Chicago.
Jones, who works as a political analyst for CNN, bashed the Clinton campaign for wasteful spending, which Jones said helped lead to Clinton’s demise and the rise of President Donald Trump.
Speaking at “The People’s Summit” convention in Chicago, Jones, who worked in former President Barack Obama’s administration, said that progressives have been “tricked” by politicians into believing Democrats must either be on the side of identity politics — which is largely comprised of minority people, both racially and socially — or the side of white workers who "have been left behind."
“This is the stupidest false choice that I have ever heard,” Jones said to applause. “It’s stupid."
"I don’t mean to be rude, and I don’t mean to offend anybody, but the people who ran the Hillary Clinton campaign did not spend their money on white workers, and they did not spend their money on people of color. They spent it on themselves,” Jones explained. "They spent it on themselves, let’s be honest.
"They took a billion dollars, a billion dollars, a billion dollars, and set it on fire, and called it a campaign!” Jones exclaimed. "That wasn’t a campaign. That’s not a campaign.”
Jones continued his harsh line of criticism and attacked Clinton’s campaign for relying on expensive pollsters and polling data.
"A billion dollars for consultants. A billion dollars for pollsters. A billion dollars for a data operation, that was run by data dummies who couldn't figure out that maybe people in Michigan needed to be organized,” Jones said to loud applause.
“That wasn’t a campaign,” he added. “That was a boondoggle."
Clinton’s campaign failed to organize in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin until just days before the election because her team felt they had enough support in the "blue wall" states to win them. However, they turned out to be wrong and Trump went on to win those three states, which proved critical to paving his path to the White House.
Finally, during his fiery speech, Jones called on Democratic Party leaders to stop exploiting party supporters and “getting rich” off their struggles.
"And now they want us to fight about whether black folks or white workers or Latinos or any other group should get the money," Jones said. "First of all, you need to give the money back to the people, period."
“Start with that. Start with that,” he continued. " Quit getting rich off people's struggles!"
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Jones' speech over the weekend had a sentiment that stood in stark contrast to his words on Election Day last November when it became clear that Trump would become the next president.
While live on air Jones infamously said that Trump’s victory was evidence of “white-lash” against a black president, referring to Obama.
But Jones quickly changed his tune and turned his criticisms inward, explaining in January that the era of “Clinton politics” is over for the Democratic Party.
"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 The Hill.