March 2nd, 2017

Van Jones feels the wrath of Twitter

In a NOTE at the end of this post from yesterday, I mentioned that Van Jones (a leftist attorney who had served in the Obama administration) had praised Trump’s SOTU speech, saying of Trump, “If he finds a way to do that over and over again, he’s going to be there for eight years.”

Actually, Jones said a great deal more than that about Trump’s speech:

Asked by Anderson Cooper for his reaction to the standing ovation for the widow of a Navy Seal killed in action during Tuesday’s address to Congress, Jones said: “He became President of the United States in that moment, period.”

Jones went on to add that Trump “did something extraordinary,” and that people who wanted POTUS to remain a “divisive cartoon” should be worried after the speech.

“There are a lot of people who have a lot of reasons to be frustrated with him, to be fearful of him, to be mad — but that was one of the most extraordinary moments you have ever seen in American politics,” Jones said of Trump honoring Carryn Owens, whose husband Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens was killed in a recent Yemen raid.

Those statements from Jones seem to be descriptive of what happened, as well as containing a warning to people who want Trump to remain a “divisive cartoon” that they shouldn’t keep barking up that particular tree because Trump’s behavior might discredit them. Jones’ remarks do not signal approval of Trump or his policies; they just state what Jones observed happening in that SOTU speech and in the mainstream reaction to it.

And yet—if you read the tweets listed in that article—you’ll see how very angry people on the left have gotten at Jones. Also, quite a few of the tweets use the word “normalize,” which seems to be the new way to express the idea that since we all know that Trump is really an inhuman monster of depravity, any statement that indicates that he might be a relatively normal human being or a somewhat normal president is anathema to us, and if you utter a single word that could lead a person to those conclusions you are the enemy as well.

Jones strayed from that party line, which is not allowed, even to utter an unwelcome truth. Perhaps especially if uttering an unwelcome truth.

15 Responses to “Van Jones feels the wrath of Twitter”

  1. parker Says:

    I wonder if Jones knew the leftists would turn on him? I am guessing he did and decided to be objective about the SOTUS address. That elevates my opinion of him. If he can keep that up he may become an actual journalist. 😉

  2. Geoffrey Britain Says:

    In their denial of “unwelcome truths”, they forge the chains of their own enslavement. The deeper the denial, the stronger the chains.

  3. Sam L. Says:

    Van Jones un-monstered Trump. Maybe there’s hope for Jones.

  4. JK Brown Says:

    Just read of a similar fear of being attacked in Sweden

    She knows the latest rape cases by heart, quotes them to me, the words tumbling out, a long line of horrible happenings. She is waiting for her turn to be added to the list.

    She can’t tell her mum. She doesn’t want her to worry.

    Her apartment was broken into last week in the middle of the day. The burglars took her laptop and her car keys, and later her car. The police told her they were too busy to come.

    She doesn’t want her picture to be seen now. Not in case the migrants attack again, but because the feminists will come after her and hound her as a racist for speaking out. The migrant men scare her. But it is Swedish women who have silenced her.

    Must be that globalist belief system that means there is little difference among the “elite” around the world?

  5. y81 Says:

    JK Brown: That’s sad, but Swedish women are just as sanctimonious and anti-American as Swedish men, so whatever happens to them would be no worse than they deserve.

  6. neo-neocon Says:


    That is quite the generalization.

    All Swedish women?

    And being sanctimonious and un-American means they deserve rape?

    I think—and I’m saying this in the politest possible way—you may want to re-think that.

  7. Yancey Ward Says:

    As I wrote the other day- Jones probably knows the moves Trump is making in reaching out to African-Americans in positions of real, on-the-ground leadership. It is smart of him to reposition accordingly.

  8. parker Says:


    My 2 cents, pick ’em and put them in your pocket or leave them on the digital ground…

    We (Mrs and me) have long time, close friends in Sweden. They visit us every other year and we go to Sweden every three years. We have also come to know many of their friends. We have never heard a single anti-American word from any of them. BTW the Swedes for the most part are fluent in english, even in rural areas..

    I have a suggestion, vacation in Sweden this summer. Tell every Swede you meet that you are an American and it is highly unlikely you will hear an anti-American word. Of course you might come across one of two jerks, but that will be the exception, not the rule.

    If you visit Sweden allow a few days to take the ferry to Gotland which is a very tranquil and unique little world of its own.

  9. M J R Says:

    Van Jones is in no way off the plantation, but as neo and others have been pointing out, even a concession that Trump, at least for the sixty or so minutes of the speech, acted like a normal human being, is sufficient to render him suspect in the eyes of the knee-jerk leftie mob.

    neo has it right: “Jones strayed from that party line, which is not allowed, even to utter an unwelcome truth. Perhaps *especially* if uttering an unwelcome truth.”

    He wandered off-message, a message -slash- drumbeat that is unending, relentless, and punishing to all not in a hundred percent conforming lockstep. Sigh.

  10. GRA Says:

    How interesting to see The Left use the word “normalize” to express their disapproval, since, after all, they’re the ones who want to normalize their pet social issues. This is a social issue – the normalization of President Trump as not inhumane – that The Left does not want to be accepted among their own. No sir.

  11. Ackler Says:

    Van Jones is clever enough not to believe the leftist BS in toto. And (surprisingly), he apparently is independent enough to openly stray from said BS at least when it so glaringly contradicts with reality.

    THAT….is very dangerous. Openly straying from the narrative cannot be tolerated.

    But as American progressivism continues its long march towards doctrinal socialism, as “inconvenient truths” make their narrative more and more absurd, dissent (no matter how slight) will be continually excoriated, and in an ever increasingly shrill manner

  12. AesopFan Says:

    GRA Says:
    March 2nd, 2017 at 7:46 pm
    How interesting to see The Left use the word “normalize” to express their disapproval, since, after all, they’re the ones who want to normalize their pet social issues. This is a social issue – the normalization of President Trump as not inhumane – that The Left does not want to be accepted among their own. No sir.
    “If the Left did not have double standards, they would have no standards at all.” — from the anonymous meme ether

  13. A_Nonny_Mouse Says:

    AesopFan –

    Actually, if the Left didn’t cling to their FERVENT belief in Special Rules for Special People, they would cease to exist.

    That’s ALL they’ve got: “Join us, and we’ll give you Special Favors”. Once upon a time, the Special Group which the Democrat Party targeted was the white working class. Then they decided to include the blacks, and women, and illegals, and LBGQWERTY, and Hispanics, and Muslims … and now, finally, the white working class is starting to comprehend that the Dem’s no longer have room at the table for them.

  14. Gringo Says:

    That wasn’t the first time Van Jones strayed off the reservation. From Heterodox Academy: Van Jones’ Excellent Metaphors About the Dangers of Ideological Safety Transcribed from an interview with David Axelrod.

    Van Jones: I don’t like bigots and bullies. I just want to point that out… But I got tough talk for my liberal colleagues on these campuses. They don’t tend to like it but I think they like me so I get away with it. I want to push this.

    There are two ideas about safe spaces: One is a very good idea and one is a terrible idea. The idea of being physically safe on a campus—not being subjected to sexual harassment and physical abuse, or being targeted specifically, personally, for some kind of hate speech—“you are an n-word,” or whatever—I am perfectly fine with that.

    But there’s another view that is now I think ascendant, which I think is just a horrible view, which is that “I need to be safe ideologically. I need to be safe emotionally I just need to feel good all the time, and if someone says something that I don’t like, that’s a problem for everybody else including the administration.”

    I think that is a terrible idea for the following reason: I don’t want you to be safe, ideologically. I don’t want you to be safe, emotionally. I want you to be strong. That’s different.

    I’m not going to pave the jungle for you. Put on some boots, and learn how to deal with adversity. I’m not going to take all the weights out of the gym; that’s the whole point of the gym. This is the gym. You can’t live on a campus where people say stuff you don’t like?! And these people can’t fire you, they can’t arrest you, they can’t beat you up, they can just say stuff you don’t like- and you get to say stuff back- and this you cannot bear?! [audience applause]

    This is ridiculous BS liberals! My parents, and Monica Elizabeth Peak’s parents [points to someone in the audience and greets her] were marched, they dealt with fire hoses! They dealt with dogs! They dealt with beatings! You can’t deal with a mean tweet?! You are creating a kind of liberalism that the minute it crosses the street into the real world is not just useless, but obnoxious and dangerous. I want you to be offended every single day on this campus. I want you to be deeply aggrieved and offended and upset, and then to learn how to speak back. Because that is what we need from you in these communities. [applause]

    Van Jones is not one of us: he’s definitely a leftist. But he is a leftist that has stepped away from the abyss.

  15. Ymarsakar Says:

    It is actually a good thing that the Left’s strategic leaders are constrained from giving an objective truth lesson to the masses. This way they have to keep all the upper level planning to themselves, and they will become even more embroiled in their quagmire delusions of utopia and megalomania for dreams of power.

    Although as a minus, it reinforces the Left’s conception that only a Born to Rule elite can rule America, because the rest of you are too stupid or incompetent to rule instead. The Leftist alliance has created a self fulfilling prophecy in a way.

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