Emotional moment on CNN with @VanJones68 breaking down: "It's easier to be a parent this morning, it's easier to be a dad. It's easier to tell your kids character matters, it matters. Telling the truth matters. Being a good person matters." pic.twitter.com/8U2q4djZSj— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) November 7, 2020
Van Jones channelled the emotions of many Americans on Nov. 7 as Joe Biden secured the 2020 presidential election. The CNN anchor was brought to tears by the news and explained why Biden's win is so meaningful — as a parent, as a Black man, and as a concerned citizen.
"It's easier to be a dad this morning. It's easier to tell your kids, 'Character matters, being a good person matters,'" Jones said with great emotion. "And it's easier for a whole lot of people. If you're Muslim in this country, you don't have to worry that the president doesn't what you here. If you're an immigrant, you don't have to worry if the president is happy your baby has been snatched away."
"This is vindication for a lot of people who really have suffered," he continued. "'I can't breathe." That was not just George Floyd. There were a lot of people who felt like they couldn't breathe."
For Jones, and several others, Biden's election is a moment of relief. "This is a big deal; for us to get some peace and have a reset. Being a good man matters. I want my son to look at this. It is a good day for this county. I am sorry for the people who lost, but for most, this is a good day." Watch his powerful reaction in full, above.