Van Jones: “An American citizen was assassinated in broad daylight by a Nazi … This is not a time to talk about both sides”


VAN JONES: It’s almost painful to have to point this out. This is — you are correct that there is a problem of extremism in this country that cuts across. But this is a day in which after an American citizen was assassinated in broad daylight by a Nazi. A Nazi, who the day before had been marching with torches down American streets saying anti-Jewish, anti-black stuff, and then an American — this not a time to talk about both sides. Both sides are not using ISIS tactics, mowing people down with cars in the streets of America. Both sides are not trying to defend a horrific — grandparents, great grandparents, the people watching this show gave their lives to stop Nazism. Dr. King gave his life to stop the Klan. This is not a time to talk about both sides. Maybe tomorrow. Maybe the day after tomorrow. But the president of the United States needs to come out and say, “My daughter is Jewish.” He could have said. If you’re going to go off script, go off script and say, “My daughter’s Jewish. My son-in-law is Jewish. I don’t want this in my country.” Go off script and say that. Don’t go off script and say, “many sides, many sides.” That sends a signal to people that this is all right, and it’s not all right.

JAKE TAPPER (HOST): And I think one of the issues here — and, Michael [Caputo], I’ll come back to you is that there are people who think, including Bill [Kristol] just enunciated this, that this isn’t a mistake. This is on purpose.

NINA TURNER: Well, the president had a fine opportunity, Jake, and I think he still does. He needs to stand up and say this was not by happenstance. What those KKK-inspired …read more

Source:: Media Matters for America

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