CNN contributor and former Obama aide Van Jones put out a recent video warning to overconfident fellow Democrats who believe that Hillary Clinton will destroy Donald Trump in the general election: Trump not only can win the Presidency, he probably will win it, so Democrats better start taking him seriously.
In the video posted to his Facebook page, Jones warned his fellow lefties not to get too comfortable with the idea of a Hillary landslide over The Donald in November. He pointed out that doing so is causing potential voters for their side to lose a sense of urgency about the election and to stay home from the polls, thus enhancing Trump's chances.
Jones credited Trump’s shrewd use of social media and reality television for much of his success so far: “Just like FDR changed the rules of the game because he mastered radio, he was able to take radio and just completely master that — then you had JFK and JFK was able to master television — new medium, new master, new president,” Jones said.
Jones notes that Trump's celebrity and his social media savvy are successfully drawing in parts of the Democratic base, especially black voters:
“70 percent of African Americans have a horrible view of Donald Trump. In order for the Democrats to win the White House they don’t have to get 50 percent of the black vote or 60, or 70, or 80, or 90. Democrats in order to win historically need 90 to 92 percent of the black vote.”
“If only 70 percent don’t like Donald Trump, that means 30 percent are open to his argument, if he gets half of those, he’s president,” Jones said.
As Red Alert Politics reports, Jones mey be onto something:
A Public Policy Polling report released on Monday showed Jones might be correct in his opinion that Trump is winning over large segments of the Democratic Party’s most loyal voting bloc. The poll showed that in the swing state of Ohio, Trump would garner 15 percent of the African American vote against Clinton, with another 11 percent undecided.
That is huge increase from the 4 percent of the black vote Mitt Romney received in Ohio during the last presidential election.
In other words, Trump is making Van Jones nervous enough to sound the alarm among the left, lest their complacency make them losers in November.