CNN host Van Jones attempted to bait James Shaw Jr. — the man wildly deemed as the “Waffle House hero” for his heroic actions during a mass shooting several weeks ago — into bashing President Donald Trump during an interview Friday.
Shaw’s response couldn’t have been more perfect.
“You touched the whole world. I mean, all you have to say is Waffle House hero. Everybody knows who you are. Have you heard yet from President Trump?” Jones asked.
“At this time I haven’t heard anything, but that’s not to say he didn’t try to contact me or not,” Shaw replied.
However, that response wasn’t sufficient for Jones, and he followed up by essentially asking his question again, clearly trying to provoke a response.
“So he hasn’t successfully contacted you, you know, but he gave a shout out to, you know, gave a shout out to Kanye today — no shout out to you,” Jones said. “How do feel when the president of the United States misses an opportunity to hold up, you know, somebody who is trying to do good stuff like you?”
But Shaw refused to accept the provocation.
“I know he has a busy agenda, busy schedule. Maybe he just hasn’t gotten around to me and maybe my time is coming,” Shaw said, speaking withe grace and humility.
“It’s not for me to judge whether what he does is just, you know, I did what I did. I didn’t really do for recognition, I did it just to save my life, honestly,” Shaw explained.
Jones replied that Shaw’s response was “amazing” and did not press him further on the issue.
Watch the moment below:
CNN's Van Jones tries to provoke an answer out of Waffle House shooting hero James Shaw Jr. by telling him that Trump has contacted Kanye West but not him.
Shaw's response is excellent, he is humble and a complete class act. pic.twitter.com/3okD38JGXz
— Ryan Saavedra 🇺🇸 (@RealSaavedra) May 6, 2018