Today is a good day.
It’s easier to be a parent this morning.
Being a good person MATTERS.
This is a big deal.
It’s easy to do it the cheap way and get away with stuff — but it comes back around.
— Van Jones (@VanJones68) November 7, 2020
Jones, his voice thickening as he wiped tears from his eyes, said the Democratic nominee’s win was less about policy than it was a vindication of the importance of “being a good person.”
“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. Telling the truth matters. Being a good person matters,” said Jones, 52.
But it wasn’t just that, in his view: Trump’s loss was a loss for Trump’s inflammatory style and long history of targeting immigrants, Muslims and other minorities. (The president has insisted he is “the least racist person.”)
Jones, choking up, said on CNN his relief was surely shared by others.
“And it’s easier for a whole lot of people: If you’re a 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 that the president is going to be happier to have babies snatched away or send ‘dreamers’ back for no reason.
“This is vindication for a lot of people who have really suffered,” he continued. “You know ‘I can’t breathe’? That’s wasn’t just George Floyd. That was a lot of people who have felt they couldn’t breathe. Every day, you’re waking up and you’re getting these tweets and you just don’t know — and you’re going to the store and people who have been afraid to show their racism are getting nastier and nastier to you. And you’re worried about your kids. And you’re worried about your sister and can she just go to Walmart and get back into her car without somebody saying something to her? And you’ve spent so much of your life energy just trying to hold it together.”
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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Adam Carlson