Van Jones: Dems ‘have a problem with elitism’

Democratic political commentator Van Jones says his party comes across as elitist and condescending to voters.

“Everybody knows we have a problem with elitism,” he said on ABC’s “The View” Thursday.


“Liberals and Democrats, we see ourselves as champions of the poor and downtrodden,” added Jones, a former adviser to President Obama.

“But we have somehow let a little camp of elitist-sounding, snobby people come into the party, and it's obnoxious. They talk down to people, and everybody hates it.”

Jones said Republicans, meanwhile, are struggling with bigotry and racism in their ranks.

“The Republicans see themselves as the party of color-blind individualism, and that’s beautiful. But they have somehow created a space for a small number of racially hateful people to come in their party. They’ve got to deal with that too.”

Jones added he does not consider those who voted for President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff urges GOP colleagues to share private concerns about Trump publicly US-China trade talks draw criticism for lack of women in pictures Overnight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall MORE racist, however.

“I was not saying all 50 to 60 million people who voted for Donald Trump are racially-hateful people who want to be in the alt-right, neo-Nazi camp,” he said. "In fact, it would be unfair to the Trump voters to say that they’re all racist.

“[But] to say that the alt-right and the neo-Nazis who were celebrating weren’t a part, that would be unfair to the rest of America,” added Jones.

Jones endorsed Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillicon Valley: Trump pushes to speed up 5G rollout | Judge hits Roger Stone with full gag order | Google ends forced arbitration | Advertisers leave YouTube after report on pedophile ring 4 ways Hillary looms over the 2020 race Hillary Clinton met with Biden, Klobuchar to talk 2020: report MORE in the presidential race.

Jones previously described Trump’s shocking upset of Clinton as partly a "whitelash."

“This was a whitelash,” he said on CNN on Nov 9. "This was a whitelash against a changing country, it was a whitelash against a black president in part.

“Donald Trump has a responsibility tonight to come out and reassure people that he is going to be the president of all the people who he insulted and offended and brushed aside."