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During CNN’s commentary on President Trump’s State of the Union address, veteran panelist Van Jones pointed out that the president has taken action to help African-Americans “in real life”, gaining him favor and votes in their communities.
Van Jones is not only a CNN contributor, he is the co-founder of the group #cut50, an advocacy group focused on reducing the incarceration rates in every state.
Jones cautioned that the president’s address shows that he is looking to continue his influence on particular changes in policies that are harmful to the African-American community. Jones has occasionally agreed with President Trump in the past and supported has support his decisions on criminal justice reform.
Van Jones also tweeted the warning to his followers on Twitter.
WAKE UP, folks. The #IowaCaucus was a debacle, followed by a strong #SOTU speech laying out Trump's strategy to win – which includes going for Black voters. This was a warning shot from the Trump campaign to liberals, and we need to take this VERY seriously in order to win. @CNN pic.twitter.com/bgBFms9jtN
— Van Jones (@VanJones68) February 5, 2020
Breitbart reported on the Van Jones’ “wake-up” call.
Jones was reacting to the president’s State of the Union address, in which the president mentioned several efforts to help African-Americans specifically:
What he was saying to African-Americans can be effective. You may not like it, but he mentioned HBCUs [historically black colleges and universities] — our black colleges have been struggling for a long time, a bunch of them have gone under — he threw a lifeline to them, in real life, in his budget. He talked about that. He talked about the criminal justice reform. He talked about opportunity zones. He talked about school choice.
The party failed to report results after Monday’s crucial, first-in-the-nation contest, and has still not fully reported results as of Wednesday morning.
Jones added that the State of the Union address came against the backdrop of Democrats’ mishap in the Iowa caucuses the day before.
Jones also hypothesized without supporting facts that President Trump is using border control problems to drive a wedge between the African-American and Latino communities.
A pro-Trump commercial aired during the Super Bowl last week showing Alice Johnson thanking President Trump for commuting her life sentence in 2018. President Trump has consistently been releasing low level offenders that received long sentences largely due to his work with Kim Kardashian West.