The Clinton era of politics is over in the Democratic party after Hillary Clinton's devastating loss in the 2016 presidential race, according to CNN political commentator Van Jones.
In an exchange on CNN's "State of the Union," Jones analyzed the party's prospects going forward.
"You have to understand, I think, that the Clinton days are over," he said. "This idea that we're going to be as moderate party that moves in this direction, and will throw blacks under the bus for criminal justice reform and for prison expansion, throw workers under the bus for NFTA – those days are over."
"You can't run and hide," he continued. "You've got to be an authentic person from the beginning and judged based on your authentic commitment to the base of the party – and if you don't do that, you can't win."
Jones said the 2016 race was "sounding the alarm to Democrats, saying that there wasn't enough of an economic message for working class voters."
"We should point out that Hillary Clinton did win working-class voters of color but not white-working class voters and not in these three states that matters, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania," he added.
Jones said the message from those states was that the election "was a referendum on an elitism in the Democratic party that did not reach out."
© 2022 Newsmax. All rights reserved.