U.S. President-elect Donald Trump‘s stunning victory Tuesday was summed up as “white-lash” by CNN commentator Van Jones, who said it’s time to talk about the role race played in the election’s outcome.
“There’s another side to this,” Jones said. “We’ve talked about everything but race tonight. We’ve talked about income, we’ve talked about class, we’ve talked about region, we haven’t talked about race.
“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.”
What is white-lash?
White-lash is a play of words on the term backlash, with Jones suggesting it was white Americans pushing back against the change underway in the historically white dominated country by voting for Trump on election day.
Full voter data won’t be released for some time, but the Edison Research exit poll indicated a swell of support for Trump among white voters.
The exit poll of nearly 25,000 people found that Trump picked up 58 per cent of white voters versus Democrat Hillary Clinton‘s 37 per cent.
Broken down by gender and race, 63 per cent of white men voted for Trump, versus 31 per cent for Clinton, and 53 per cent of white women voted for Trump, versus 43 per cent for Clinton.
It should be noted that white Americans made up nearly 70 per cent of voters who showed up at the polls.
Overall, Clinton picked up 88 per cent of the black vote; 80 per cent of black men voted for Clinton, along with an overwhelming 94 per cent of black women.
Trump’s track record on minorities is controversial.
Through his campaign he pledged to deport millions of undocumented “illegals” back to Mexico as well as build a wall along the Mexican border. He suggested a total ban on Muslims entering the country and said mosques should be monitored.
Jones’ blunt critique made waves on Twitter.
Tuesday night, Jones said Trump needed to make his case to all voters after his win.
“Donald Trump has a responsibility tonight, to come out and reassure people that he is going to be the president of all the people who he insulted, and offended and brushed aside,” Jones said.
Trump, in his victory speech early Wednesday morning, did offer some indication he may do just that, speaking in an atypically soft tone.
“It is time for us to come together as one united people,” Trump said.
“For those who have chosen not to support me in the past…I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so we can unify our great country.”