As the final results of the nail-biting presidential election rolled in, CNN correspondent Van Jones articulated what many were thinking: A Donald Trump presidency is hard for parents to explain, and scary for immigrants to experience.
"People have talked about a miracle. I'm hearing about a nightmare," he said early Wednesday morning. "You tell your kids: Don't be a bully... don't be a bigot.. do your homework and be prepared. And then you have this outcome."
"You have people putting children to bed tonight, and they're afraid of breakfast. They're afraid of 'How do I explain this to my children?' I have Muslim friends who are texting me tonight, 'Should I leave the country?' I have families of immigrants that are terrified tonight."
He continued, with wet eyes: "This was a rebellion against the elites, true, it was a create reinvention of politics... but it was also something else."
"We haven't talked about race. This was a 'white-lash' against a changing country ... against a black president in part. And that's the part where the pain comes."
Jones' emotional words have resonated with many on Twitter:
Van Jones just made me cry.— Mark Ronson (@MarkRonson) November 9, 2016
Van Jones….nothing but respect!— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) November 9, 2016
If you wanna cry watch Van Jones give the first cognizant minority understanding of the election on CNN tonight. He just made it real.— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) November 9, 2016
Respect to @VanJones68 for being so articulate and passionate about what so many are feeling.— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) November 9, 2016
But Jones tried to end on a positive note. "Donald Trump has a responsibility tonight to come and reassure people that he is going to be the president of all the people who he insulted and offended and brushed aside," he said.
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