Van Jones: Clinton campaign set a billion dollars ‘on fire’
— RoseAnn DeMoro (@RoseAnnDeMoro) June 10, 2017
CNN commentator Van Jones ripped the Clinton campaign and the DNC during his speech at The People’s Summit in Chicago on Saturday for wasting money and failing to reach out to working-class and minority voters.
“The Hillary Clinton campaign did not spend their money on white workers, and they did not spend it on people of color. They spent it on themselves,” Jones told a packed house at McCormick Place in Chicago. “They spent it on themselves, let’s be honest.”
“Let’s be honest,” Jones continued. “They took a billion dollars, a billion dollars, a billion dollars, and set it on fire, and called it a campaign!”
“That wasn’t a campaign. That’s not a campaign.”
Jones continued, attacking the Clinton campaign’s reliance on consultants and polling data that proved to be wrong.
“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 people in Michigan needed to be organized.”
He blamed the same forces in the Democratic Party behind the Clinton campaign’s defeat for continuing to divide the resistance to President Trump after the election.
“And now they want us to fight about whether black folks or white workers or Latinos or any other group should get the money,” Jones said. “First of all, you need to give the money back to the people, period.”
“Quit getting rich off people’s struggles,” Jones finished.
The progressive CNN commentator has said before that Clinton’s defeat signaled an end for that wing of the Democratic Party.
“This idea that we’re going to be this moderate party that’s going to move in this direction, that’s going to throw blacks under the bus for criminal justice reform or for prison expansion, that’s going to throw workers under the bus for NAFTA, those days are over,” Jones said in January shortly before Trump’s inauguration.
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