“You still have power and clout in Washington,” Beck said. “In many cases, your representatives in Washington knew nothing aboutÂ Van Jones. You were educating them and it wasn’t until late last week that a few brave political people began to speak out.”
Jones, Beck noted, chose to explain away his own radical background by accusing his critics of waging a smear campaign against him.
“What Van Jones doesn’t understand is that I didn’t bring down Van Jones; you didn’t bring down Van Jones; Van Jones brought down Van Jones,” Beck said. “Is it a smear campaign to quote Van Jones’s own words?”
It is obvious that Jones didn’t jump willingly. Late last week, the White House began distancing itself from him. And predictably, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs tried to spin the firing of Jones after it happened:
â€œWell, the president and the [White House Council on Environmental Quality] ultimately accepted his resignation, because Van Jones, as he says in his statement, understood that he was going to get in the way of the president, and ultimately this country, moving forward on something as important as creating jobs in a clean-energy economy.â€
Beck notes that in that statement, Gibbs did not distance the Obama administration fromÂ Jones‘s extremist, anti-American beliefs:
â€œCommunism, radicalism, black nationalism,Â racismÂ is not something you just tolerate or don’t endorse. Those are the things that this administration must reject. This isn’t a victory, this is a diversion. I’m not going to play their game. This isn’t about me and Van Jones, even if that’s what they want to make it. This is about taking Obama at his word when he said to judge him by the people he surrounds himself with.