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CNN commentator Van Jones claimed the 2016 presidential election was “whitelash” against the country Tuesday night.

Jones, a CNN commentator and President Barack Obama’s former green energy czar, maintained that the election was also a “whitelash” against a black president.

“This was a whitelash. This was a whitelash against a changing country. It was a whitelash against a black presidency, in part. And that’s where the pain comes,” Jones declared on CNN. “Donald Trump has a responsibility tonight to come out and reassure people. He is going to the president of all the people who he insulted and offended and brushed aside.”

 

Jones said that some of his Muslim friends had contacted him, asking if they needed to leave the country.

“This was many things. This was a rebellion against the elites, true. It was a complete reinvention of politics and polls. But it was also something else,” Jones said on CNN.

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