CNN commentator and frequent Trump critic Van Jones surprised many with his recent comments about the president.
Jones praised Trump after his first speech to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night, saying, “He became President of the United States in that moment, period.”
That moment was when Trump honored the widow of a U.S. Navy SEAL killed last month in Yemen. Democrats and Republicans applauded Carryn Owens for minutes on end as she was brought to tears in the House chamber.
Senior Chief William “Ryan” Owens died in a raid approved by Trump that has been criticized by many, including the late SEAL’s father.
When Anderson Cooper replayed the scene on CNN Wednesday, Jones said, “That was one of the most extraordinary moments you have ever seen in American politics.”
“If he finds a way to do that over and over again, he’s going to be there for eight years,” he added.
Since receiving criticism from liberals for his comments, Jones has commented further about Trump’s speech on CNN.
“This was an effective speech,” he said, though, “His agenda is still just as awful. The speech was full of lies.”
“If he starts to improve his performance like that liberals are going to have to reset how we deal with this guy,” he continued.
Watch clips from CNN below.
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