Van Jones: 'People are depressed' by primary process, just want 'somebody to vote for against Trump'

CNN analyst Van Jones on Tuesday said he thinks that Democratic voters "are depressed" and "sad" over the Democratic primary process, saying that it is a "messy, confusing choice" and Democrats "just want somebody to vote for against Trump."

“I think people are depressed,” Jones said while discussing the large split of Democratic votes. “I think people are sad. I think people can't figure out which of the people they're supposed to vote for, and people are waiting to come out and vote against Trump.”

"This is a messy, confusing choice," the former Obama adviser continued. "People are sad and depressed, and people just want somebody to vote for against Trump."


Jones's comments come following Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' Trump's debate performance was too little, too late Final debate: War Admiral vs. Seabiscuit MORE (I-Vt.) winning a tight New Hampshire primary, finishing just ahead of former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegLGBTQ voters must show up at the polls, or risk losing progress Buttigieg says it's time to 'turn the page' on Trump administration Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus cases surge in the Midwest; Trump hits campaign trail after COVID-19 MORE and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharStart focusing on veterans' health before they enlist Durbin says he will run for No. 2 spot if Dems win Senate majority Democrats seem unlikely to move against Feinstein MORE (D-Minn.). It was also a night where top-tier candidates Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenFinal debate: War Admiral vs. Seabiscuit Biden defends his health plan from Trump attacks Progressives blast Biden plan to form panel on Supreme Court reform MORE (D-Mass.) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFacebook, Twitter CEOs to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 17 Sanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' Senate GOP to drop documentary series days before election hitting China, Democrats over coronavirus MORE struggled, finishing fourth and fifth respectively.

Jones also called Sanders "a phenomenon" but noted the media talks "about everybody but Bernie" for "whatever reason."

"Bernie Sanders is a phenomenon," he said. "He doesn't get attention. People don't talk about him."

"He's doing stuff we don't talk about, he appeals to young people, people of color, he's got an army of donors," Jones continued. "If anybody else had all that we'd say this guy is our guy. But for whatever reason we talk about everybody but Bernie."

The Nevada caucuses will be held on Feb. 22, with the next Democratic debate in Las Vegas happening on Feb. 19.