The George Floyd trial has barely begun and the groundwork is already being laid for another media-sanctioned round of rioting and looting. The jury failing to convict former police officer Derek Chauvin for murder may not even be the deciding factor for widespread unrest.
With tensions running high in Minneapolis and the entire nation on edge while the legal arguments play out, the usual suspects on cable “news” and social media are sowing the seeds of unrest. Violence will undoubtedly be triggered if Chauvin walks for his role in Floyd’s death last year. The edited video of the encounter went viral last summer, even though it is missing key context.
Leading the way in stirring the pot is CNN, where former Obama administration figure Van Jones implied that there will be hell to pay if Chauvin gets off. Jones, who made his remarks during a segment with Chris Cuomo (brother of embattled New York Governor Andrew Cuomo), suggested that a day of reckoning is coming if Chauvin isn’t convicted. In his words, “America will be in a dangerous position as a country.”
According to Jones; “Everybody I’m talking to are frustrated, re-triggered, re-traumatized. Seeing that video, seeing the complete contempt for life. You have a generation of African-Americans and their allies — I’m talking this entire young generation—that is watching this to see if America — listen, the system is on trial here.”
— Van Jones (@VanJones68) March 30, 2021
Jones who once described former President Trump’s 2016 election win as “whitelash” said; “You’re putting us in a very dangerous situation when you do that because what you’re now saying is it doesn’t matter if you follow the rules. We are still going to come and get you. Once you have 40 million people in the country who, no matter what we do, we break the law, we get in trouble.”
“We follow the law. We get in trouble. No matter what we do, you are not going to accept us, then what do we have here? You’ve got a potential time bomb on both sides. And I think on the other side, what I’m seeing is we talk a lot about white rage, white anger, the angry white man,” said Jones.
Jones continued, “There’s some white grief that hasn’t been talked about. This country is changing in ways that a bunch of white folks did not sign up for, didn’t expect, and don’t know what to do with. So, a lot of this rage is unprocessed grief that we need to be able to talk about.”
“No. We are not going to back off. It is true. It may be the fact that your grandkids may not look like your grandparents,” added Jones, “This country is changing. But it can be a greater country as a result. We need these white voters who are supporting Republicans doing stuff that they know is wrong need to be called to a higher purpose.”
He concluded, “The Republican Party, which used to be the party of Lincoln, should not be the party of Steve Bannon and all these terrible ideas. There’s no reason for it. So, you got fear on one side, grief on the other side, and the clock is ticking. I’m going to tell you right now, these bills that are being passed to chop us off at the voting block and juries coming out saying it’s okay to kill us are putting us in a dangerous position as a country and as America.”
In addition to Chauvin’s trial, Jones joined his fellow Democrats in dishonestly portraying a new Georgia election integrity law intended to prevent the abuses that took place last November. They’re calling it a racist attack on black people, which is a dangerous lie that only serves to pour more fuel on the fire.
If Minneapolis is ignited and the inferno spreads to the rest of the country, it will be a ratings bonanza for CNN. Lord knows they can use the help, now that their viewership is in the toilet without Trump to kick around anymore.