Van Jones: President Trump 'Beginning To Send Signals' White Nationalism 'Is Okay'

“[President Donald Trump] is beginning to send signals that [white nationalist terrorism] is okay,” said CNN’s Van Jones on Saturday.

Joining a discussion panel hosted by CNN colleague John Berman, Jones described President Donald Trump as shaping federal policy to accommodate white nationalist terrorism.

The Trump administration, said Jones, is moving counterterrorism resources “away from these white supremacist hate groups and focusing solely on, almost exclusively on radical Islam.”

“So it’s not just that you have a president who kind of forgets to point out terrorism when it’s white nationalist groups, you have him at a policy level taking his eyes off of these haters, taking his eyes off these murderers, taking his eyes off of the oldest terrorist group in the country,” Jones continued. “The oldest terrorist group is not ISIS, they’re brand new. The oldest terrorist group in the world, certainly in the United States, is the Ku Klux Klan, and there’s a policy now to take the eyes of the federal government off of these people.”

“Donald Trump is now away from his party, with now Putin, apparently, [and] with white supremacists,” said Jones.

Partial transcript below (emphases added).

JONES: Sometimes we act as if the only things that matter here are the words and language when you say something, that’s very very important, but there is a policy implication that we haven’t talked about enough, which is that you have an administration that when it comes to counterterrorism, it’s been reported, is moving its resources away from these white supremacist hate groups and focusing solely on, almost exclusively on radical Islam.

So it’s not just that you have a president who kind of forgets to point out terrorism when it’s white nationalist groups, you have him at a policy level taking his eyes off of these haters, taking his eyes off these murderers, taking his eyes off of the oldest terrorist group in the country. The oldest terrorist group is not ISIS, they’re brand new. The oldest terrorist group in the world, certainly in the United States, is the Ku Klux Klan, and there’s a policy now to take the eyes of the federal government off of these people. So that’s part of why you have so much concern.

If you say, “Look, I’m not gonna call you a terrorist. I’m not gonna say, ‘white supremacist.’ I’m not gonna say, ‘neo-Nazi.’ I’m not gonna mention your name. I’m not call you a thug. I’m not gonna do anything, and I’m gonna move the eyes of law enforcement off of you,” you are beginning to send signals that this kinda stuff is okay, at a policy level as well as at a rhetorical level, and that is dangerous in America.

Donald Trump is now away from his party, with now Putin, apparently, [and] with white supremacists.

Jones praised Republican politicians who specified white nationalists, white supremacists, and the KKK for condemnation.

Neither Berman nor any of Jones’ co-panelists challenged his assertions.

Watch Jones’ comments below.

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