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 Sanders (I-Vt.) winning a tight New Hampshire primary, finishing just ahead of former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.). It was also a night where top-tier candidates Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and former Vice President Joe Biden 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.