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CNN’s Van Jones roasted for praising Donald Trump as ‘uniter-in-chief’

CNN's Van Jones roasted for praising Donald Trump as 'uniter-in-chief'

CNN political analyst and host Van Jones is being roasted for heaping effusive praise upon his political arch-nemesis Donald Trump, and even called him the “uniter-in-chief,” enraging critics on social media

Trump expressed support for a prison and justice reform bill that would lead to the early release of low-level and nonviolent prisoners, most of whom are Blacks and Hispanics. Jones said that it is time to give Trump “his just due.”

On Instagram, Van Jones wrote this: “I have always said: I will work with anyone — or against anyone — to help people suffering behind bars. A small, rag-tag band — led mainly by #cut50’s @jessymichele22 — has gotten this bill almost to the finish line. The @nytimes calls the #FirstStepAct the biggest and most comprehensive criminal justice reform measure in a generation. Some say we should wait for a better president. But nobody who is locked up right now in our hellish prisons is saying that. Far from it! … So we press ahead. If you want to help us — go to!”

On Twitter, Jones wrote something similar:

Trump proclaims that the First Step Act, a bipartisan bill, will accomplish the following:

“Americans from across the political spectrum can unite around prison reform legislation that will reduce crime while giving our fellow citizens a chance at redemption,” he said during a press conference that was attended by many media members including CNN. “So if something happens and they make a mistake, they get a second chance at life.”

According to the FirstStepAct’s website, these are the things that would change:

  • Bans the shackling of pregnant and postpartum women
  • Provides an ID card for every person when they are released
  • Lower lifetime mandatory minimum sentences for people with prior nonviolent drug felony convictions to 25 years, and reduce 20-year mandatory minimum sentences for similar offenses to 15 years

This was enough for Jones, who reiterated his support for Trump with CNN’s Don Lemon, much to his critics’ chagrin:

Many Jones’ critics immediately began to peel Jones like an onion with some harsh responses for praising No. 45, beginning with the rather profane one below:

Van Jones did have a few supporters, as summarized by this tweet:

Instagram had a lot more to say about Van Jones:

@california.2035 “Politics is nuts but 45 is President racist or not. However I get your point; he met but nothing of substance will happen unless its bought to a vote. We both know that s— aint happening. Kind like how he played all those ‘hungry for power’ black pastors. Smh.”

“Rump also supported the Immigration bill for a photo opportunity. Until he signs something, no credit should be given for a photo,” one commenter said.

Another IG user added: “Hate will only bring hate only love can bring change.”

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