Because when white folk vote in their best interest it’s racism.
Speaking to media at the Art Gallery of Ontario prior to delivering the keynote address at the Broadbent Institute’s Progress Gala on Tuesday evening, Jones urged Canadians to be proactive in preventing Trump’s politics from seeping north of the border.
“People keep saying that this hate wave that’s moving across the west cannot hit Canada,” he said. “And you are wrong. It is happening throughout the western democracies.”
Jones drew attention on election night when he referred to President-elect Trump’s victory as a “whitelash” on CNN. He said those comments referred to the strain of “racist, xenophobic sentiment growing in our country” that in part drove Trump’s success.
“It found a home in the Trump campaign and I will tell you that it can find a home in your country too if you don’t stand up to it,” he said.
Van Jones was forced to resign his White House position when his unsavoury past was uncovered.
In 1994, Mr. Jones was one of the founders of STORM, a Marxist-Leninist group whose hero was Chinese Communist dictator Mao Tse Tung.
But what did Mr. Jones in was the revelation that in 2004 he had signed a petition calling on then-New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer to investigate whether the Bush administration had been behind the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Mr. Jones acknowledged he’d signed the petition but claimed he hadn’t read it carefully and that it did not represent his views. The veracity of this claim was called into question when it was reported that Mr. Jones had been one of the organizers of a “truther” rally in San Francisco in January 2002.
Reporters also uncovered a number of racist statements Mr. Jones has made, including this one from January of last year: “the white polluters and white environmentalists are essentially steering poison into the people-of-color communities.”