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.