CNN’s Van Jones made an inflammatory remark about Republican Glenn Youngkin.
Youngkin became the first Republican to win a statewide race in Virginia since 2009 as he defeated Democrat Governor Terry McAuliffe.
Van Jones, who worked as a former Obama official, slammed Youngkin by saying he’s the equivalent of a contagious variant of the deadly coronavirus.
Less than an hour before the race ended, Fox News reported that Van Jones said that Youngkin represented a “delta variant of Trumpism” that threatened the country.
“The stakes are high,” he began.
“When this election is over in Virginia, we will know we have seen the emergence delta variant of Trumpism. The delta variant of Trumpism,” he emphasized.
“In other words, Youngkin, same disease, but spreads a lot faster and can get a lot more places,” Jones said.
Jones attempted to clarify this twisted comparison to a deadly virus:
“My point is that playing on racial fears by demagoguing CRT furthers dangerous aspects of Trumpism, just in friendlier form. Did not mean to imply that human beings are diseases,” he tweeted.
Van Jones has a history of making disturbing comments like this one. Here’s more via Fox News:
The “delta variant” refers to the contagious mutation of the COVID-19 virus that emerged this summer…
Jones famously showed a similar outrage after the election of former President Trump in 2016, which he referred to as a “white-lash” against a Black president.
“This was a ‘white-lash.’ This was a ‘white-lash’ against a changing country. It was a ‘white-lash’ against a Black president, in part. And that’s the part where the pain comes,” Jones said.
The Virginia governor race has drawn the nation’s attention as the first major election since President Biden and Democrats assumed full control of Washington. The Virginia race is often viewed as a bellwether for the following year’s midterms; lopsided victories by GOP and Democratic candidates in 2009 and 2017, respectively, foretold their parties winning back the House of Representatives the following year.
Youngkin is trying to become the first Republican to win a statewide race in Virginia since 2009.