CNN's Van Jones, Jeffrey Lord launch into fiery debate

 
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  • The faceoff reflected the larger debate about the 2016 election
  • The CNN analysts were passionate but respectful during the on-air confrontation
 

Washington, D.C. (CNN)If the racial tension underlying the 2016 presidential race could be distilled into a single cable news moment, this was it.

On Tuesday night, CNN contributors Van Jones and Jeffrey Lord became locked in a fiery and emotional debate in which each accused the other side's party party of stoking racial tensions.

The extended debate, which was both passionate and personal, served as a microcosm of the national discussion over racial divisiveness and the increasingly negative tone of the presidential campaign.

"There's a lot of blame to go around for the tone of this campaign," David Axelrod, the chief strategist on Barack Obama's presidential campaigns, said when their intense but respectful on-air faceoff was over. "You're seeing a preview of it here."

The debate started whenJones, a Democrat, criticized Donald Trump for refusing to unequivocally condemn white supremacist David Duke and the Klu Klux Klan.

"The things that Donald Trump has done, and not just in this race, are horribly offensive," Jones, a Democrat, said to Lord. "There is a dark underside here...he is whipping up and tapping into and pushing buttons that are very, very frightening to me and to a lot of people."

"You need to take a serious look at the fact that this man is playing fast and loose. When he talks about terrorism, he gets passionate, he says, 'No, this is wrong,'" Jones continued, at one point putting his hand on Lord's shoulder as he was talking, their faces inches apart. "When he talks about the Klan, [he says] 'Oh, I don't know, I don't know.' That's wrong!"

As the other CNN commentators on the set remained silent, Lord, a Trump supporter, responded by accusing Jones and liberals of trying to divide the nation up into racial groups. "This whole attitude of dividing by race is still here, and this is how Democrats do the deal," Lord said.

"What you're doing here is dividing people. We're all Americans here," he added. "You are dividing people -- this is what liberals do -- you are dividing people by race. This is what liberalism is all about."

While respectful throughout, the two men pointed fingers at each other and spoke with passion, almost as if they were two friends having a heated argument alone at the kitchen table.

Jones criticized what he described as "the circus wing" of the Republican party for degrading the tone of the national debate to a point where even his children couldn't watch.

"I have a kid, seven years old, he can't even watch TV. I used to say, 'I don't want you watching the Kardashians, I want you watching the news so you can learn something,'" Jones told Lord. "Watching all this nonsense in your party, he turns around and says, 'Dad you're a liar.' He doesn't even know what the word means. But he sees so much vitriol from your party he brings that into our house."

"We have to be passionate about making sure that this country is color-blind," Lord responded. "We have to, as Robert Kennedy used to say, [make sure] that this country is colorblind. We have to, as President Kennedy used to say, [make sure] that race has no place in American life or law. That's what we have to do, and we have lost that totally because the Democratic party insists on dividing people by race and it's wrong, it's morally wrong."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"I'm just trying to make a way out of no way, for my people" -Modejeska Monteith Simpkins

 

AFRICAN AMERICA IS AT WAR

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICA

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICANS

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

AMERICA'S RACISTS HAVE INFILTRATED AMERICAN POLICE FORCES TO WAGE A RACE WAR AGAINST BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

THE BLACK RACE IS AT WAR

FIRST WORLD WAR:  THE APPROXIMATELY 6,000 YEAR WORLD WAR ON AFRICA AND THE BLACK RACE

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How are folks going to be color blind and there's tanning beds all over this land? If you're color blind, you have to go to the eye doctor and get "correct vision" glasses. The non-skin-colored majority despises the African lesser population in America and that's the bottom line. This can't be color coded. You can't feel "superior" unless there's someone you think's not up to par with you to do comparisons, no matter how twisted. Not as pretty, not as smart, not brainy, ugly, not articulate, look funny, not like us!!!! That's the problem in America. When it gets too bad for you look at all the Stacy Dashes that were created by your racial bullshit. Hug a biracial, triracial, quadracial!!!!!!! Be PROUD of what was created with your BEING THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

To bad your ancestors didn't have the stamina to get out there in those cotton fields. It sure as hell would have eliminated a WHOLE HEAP of problems on both sides. All the way to AFRICA for Christ's sake, of all places. For the record:  We're not fond of you either, we're just not as far into the murderous hate mode as you are, tis all. Some of us have JESUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(Praise Dance!!!)

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