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A Donald Trump Fanboy Tried To Whitesplain The KKK To Van Jones, And Things Got Heated

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 2/03/2016 Nick Wing

A professional Donald Trump supporter got into a heated debate with former White House adviser Van Jones on Tuesday, after trying to deflect criticism over the GOP front-runner's recent endorsement from the KKK.

Jeffrey Lord, a paid talking head who has spent a good chunk of the last year boosting Trump on CNN, kicked off the tense exchange by playing coy when the panel accused Trump of exploiting racial tensions in the U.S. He then defended Trump's eventual disavowal of former KKK grand wizard David Duke -- after Trump initially declined to do so, claiming he was unfamiliar with the KKK.

Jones, also a paid talking head for CNN, wasn't buying it.

"[Trump] is whipping up and tapping into and pushing buttons that are very, very frightening to me and frightening to a lot of people," he said. "I know this man when he gets passionate about terrorism. I know how he talks about terrorism. The Klan is a terrorist organization."

Lord attempted a diversion.

"A leftist terrorist organization," he responded, repeating an oft-cited claim that completely ignores the far-right principles the KKK stands for today. Lord went on to call the KKK the "terrorist arm of the Democratic Party," and said it had acted "to further the progressive agenda." According to Lord, Democrats were the ones "dividing people by race," because that's "what liberalism is all about."

Jones admitted that the racial and political dynamics of the Democratic Party had shifted over the past half-century, but argued that they weren't pertinent to this discussion."I don't care how they voted 50 years ago," he said. "I care about who they killed."

Jones then very politely asked Lord to pull his head out of his ass.

"Tell Donald Trump he needs for my children's sake, for the children's sake of America, if he's going to lead this country, he needs to be as passionate about what has happened to the people in my community as anybody else's," he said.

Watch the entire segment above.

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