Van Jones was harshly criticized on Tuesday after predicting that Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg would not ultimately pursue a criminal case against former President Donald Trump.
"My view about this is: I think that the heat is on this DA. I think he's going to make a very sober decision, and I would not be surprised if he doesn't step back from the brink," Jones said Monday night on CNN.
Jones added that the potential case is "proof" that progressives are not "well organized" and even suggested that Republicans are right to criticize Bragg's purported aggressive pursuit of a weak criminal case.
"I hear my conservative friends saying he is being overcharged, it is so aggressive. It's so terrible. Welcome to my world, folks," Jones said. "Prosecutors overcharging, being over-aggressive, being ridiculous with minor stuff and turning it into major stuff happens every single day in America, every courthouse in America."
Jones then reiterated that pursing the case is not "the right way to go" because "history is not going to judge Donald Trump based on Stormy Daniels."
What was the reaction?
Liberals and people excited about the prospect of Trump being prosecuted lashed out at Jones for his remarks. Jones was accused of betraying his skin color and doing the "bidding" of white supremacy.
- "Van Jones is Van Jonesing again. Doing white supremacists bidding again," one critic said.
- "This made me realize that I’ve gone over a year without being reminded that Van Jones exists, and I want to go back to that time," another critic said.
- "Van Jones is not a serious person and should not be taken seriously. A sentient corn on the cob," one person said.
- "Van Jones in his element. Be aware. Skin color does not mean ally," another person said.
- "The Black Delegation offers Van Jones & Uncle Remus in exchange for Vanilla Ice. Seriously. Well take Vanilla Ice over over this chucklehead," Malcolm Nance reacted.
- "Van Jones is the Tim Scott of Maggie Haebermans," Elie Mystal criticized.
- "Van Jones is a reminder that if someone lands a cable news job and it turns out they're not any good at it, they'll do *anything* to stay on the air, even if it means helping your network boost ratings by becoming the contrarian hot take jack*** everyone tunes in just to hate on," another person said.
- "Well it’s a good thing no one gives a f*** what Van Jones has to say," one critic said.
- "When did this piece of s*** become a lawyer? Van Jones needs to stfu, because no one wants his opinion!" another critic said.
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