Van Jones, Jeffrey Lord (Credit: MSNBC)

Two CNN analysts nearly come to blows over Trump's disgusting race-baiting

Van Jones and Jeffrey Lord were having none of what the other was saying, and it showed


Scott Eric Kaufman
March 2, 2016 9:53AM (UTC)

Former Obama administration consultant Van Jones and Republican strategist Jeffrey Lord nearly came to blows on CNN's Super Tuesday coverage tonight.

The pair were arguing about Donald Trump's recent statements about David Duke and his affiliation with the KKK. "Here's a guy who disavowed this many, many, many times," Lord said. "You hear this statement from Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan today. I like Paul Ryan. We both worked for Jack Kemp."

Advertisement:

However, Lord added that "Jack Kemp would be appalled at this. I hate to say this about the Republican establishment but their view of civil rights is to tip the black waiter five bucks at the country club. This is atrocious. This is atrocious. This is why Donald Trump has the ability -- because he's not going to patronize people."

Jones shot back that it's not as if it's just this statement that Trump made that's offensive. "The things that Donald Trump has done and not just in this race are horribly offensive. You can go back with this guy for a long time -- I want to talk. I want to talk. Because this is important. You can go back to the central jogger case where he came out and had innocent black kids winding up in prison."

"No," Lord replied, "innocent kids."

"Hold on a second," Jones said. "Innocent black kids."

"We have a big problem at this point now, because I agree with you about a lot. I think we have taken him not seriously, we have not respected his voters, but there is a dark underside here and S.E. is right. He is whipping up and tapping into and pushing buttons that are very, very frightening to me and frightening to a lot of people. Number one, when he is playing funny with the Klan."

"That is not cool," he severely understated.

Advertisement:

Watch the entire exchange below via Media Matters.


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

MORE FROM Scott Eric KaufmanFOLLOW scottekaufmanLIKE Scott Eric Kaufman

Related Topics ------------------------------------------

2016 Gop Primary Elections 2016 Jeffrey Lord Media Matters Race Van Jones Video

BROWSE SALON.COM
COMPLETELY AD FREE,
FOR THE NEXT HOUR

Read Now, Pay Later - no upfront
registration for 1-Hour Access

Click Here
7-Day Access and Monthly
Subscriptions also available
No tracking or personal data collection
beyond name and email address

•••






Fearless journalism
in your inbox every day

Sign up for our free newsletter

• • •