- The Washington Times - Monday, June 12, 2017

Liberal CNN commentator Van Jones eviscerated Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential campaign during a speech in Chicago over the weekend, describing it as a “boondoggle” that squandered away $1 billion.

Where Trump won was where the pain was present and progressives were not. We have to accept that,” Mr. Jones, a former Barack Obama adviser, told a crowd of activists at the annual People’s Summit at McCormick Place convention center.

“The people who ran the Hillary Clinton campaign did not spend their money on white workers, and they did not spend their money on people of color. They spent it on themselves,” he said. “They took a billion dollars … and set it on fire and called it a campaign.

“A billion dollars for consultants, a billion dollars for pollsters, a billion dollars for a data operation that was run by data dummies who couldn’t figure out that maybe folks in Michigan needed to be organized,” he continued. “That wasn’t a campaign. It was a boondoggle.”

Mr. Jones said Democrats have been “tricked” into thinking they either can fight for people of color and racial justice or fight for the white working class who “have been left behind,” but not both.

“This is the stupidest false choice that I have ever heard,” he said to roaring applause. “It’s stupid.”

“And now they want us to fight about whether black folks or white workers or Latinos or any other group should get the money,” he said. “First of all, you need to give the money back to the people, period. Start with that. Quit getting rich off people’s struggles.”

Mr. Jones echoed similar sentiments by Sen. Bernard Sanders, who told the People’s Summit Saturday that the Democratic Party’s strategy has been an “absolute failure” and is directly responsible for getting President Trump elected.

“The Democratic Party needs fundamental change,” Mr. Sanders said. “What it needs is to open up its doors to working people, and young people, and old people who are prepared to fight for social and economic justice.”

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