CNN contributor Van Jones broke down on air Saturday after news that Joe Biden has defeated President Trump.
“It’s easier to be a parent this morning, it’s easier to be a dad. It’s easier to tell your kids character matters, it matters. Tell them the truth matters. Being a good person matters,” said Jones, a former advisor to President Obama.
Jones’ voice broke repeatedly and he wiped his eyes as the waterworks flowed.
“And it’s easier for a whole lot of people. If you’re Muslim in this country, you don’t have to worry if the president doesn’t want you here. If you’re an immigrant, you don’t have to worry about your babies being snatched away or send DREAMers back for no reason. It’s vindication for a lot of people who have really suffered,” he said.
“‘I can’t breathe,’ that wasn’t just George Floyd. A lot of people have felt they couldn’t breathe. Every day you’re waking up and getting tweets,” Jones continued. “You’ve spent so much of your life energy just trying to hold it together.”
He concluded by saying he was “sorry for the people who lost.”
Jones has been a tough and consistent critic of Trump, but has also said the president should be given more credit for his work on prison reform and providing funding for historically black colleges.