- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 7, 2016

CNN host Van Jones says the Democratic Party needs to take a long look in the mirror to understand why they lost the presidential election to Donald Trump.

Mr. Jones, a former adviser to President Obama, is still trying to make sense of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s stunning defeat one month ago. The longtime Democrat began his first live TV special “The Messy Truth” Tuesday night by urging both parties to self-reflect, “because right now, they both kind of suck.”

“It feels nearly impossible to have a productive conversation with ‘the other side,’ ” Mr. Jones said, CNN reported. “We are still acting like one side is always right and one side is always wrong.

“We have got to do better,” he said. “At our best, [Democrats] are the champions of America’s downtrodden working folks. But it’s also true that some very obnoxious elitism has found a home in our party.”

Mr. Jones said it’s that “elitist attitude” that may have cost his party the election.

“Democrats have gotten so used to saying stuff like ‘red state voters are stupid’ that we don’t even get how stuck up and terrible that sounds to anybody with good sense,” he said. “That elitist attitude may have cost us the Rust Belt. And this election.”

Mr. Jones also had some harsh words about the Republican Party for attracting “scary white supremacists.”

“[Republicans] are the party of colorblind individual merit,” he said. “That sounds great. But as much as Republicans hate to admit it, some nasty strains of some bigotry and some bias, including some actually scary white supremacists, have found a home in their party. And they don’t seem to want to acknowledge that or even confront it in a serious way.

“I am not saying that every Democrats is an elitist,” he said. “And I am certainly not saying that every Republican is bigoted. Far from it. I’m saying something else. I’m saying: Neither major political party today seems to truly respect all Americans. In fact, both parties seem to disrespect an awful lot of Americans, an awful lot of the time. That is no longer a partisan problem. That is now an American problem.”

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