Van Jones: Trump Is ‘Inspiring’ Racist Groups

‘If I were Trump I would look in the mirror’

TAPPER: "I want to play a robocall, the talking points memo got their hands on as being played in Iowa from a white nationalist, aka, racist group. Let’s play that."
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UNKNOWN MALE: "I’m Jared Taylor with American Renaissance. I urge you to vote for Donald Trump because he is the one candidate who points out that we should accept immigrants who are good for America. We don’t need Muslims. We need smart, well-educated white people who will assimilate to our culture. Vote Trump."
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TAPPER: "That’s not a Trump call. That is a group that is separate from the Trump campaign but it is a group of racists who are urging --"
JONES: "Right."
TAPPER: "-- I would imagine, what they imagine to be, fellow racists to vote for Trump. This must bother you as a Republican."
CUCCINELLI: "Absolutely. I mean — and who thinks this helps? Are you kidding me? I mean these are foolish racists calling around as if everybody else will be --"
ROSEN: "Yes. Well, then why --"
CUCCINELLI: "-- and they think it will help." 
ROSEN: "Why isn’t Ted Cruz immediately denouncing this? Calling on Trump (INAUDIBLE). The key isn’t just what this guy does. It’s how these other Republican candidates are going to react."
ROSEN: "Donald Trump should denounce it." 
CUCCINELLI: "OK. So, we’re going to — we’re going to set that standard."
ROSEN: "Ted Cruz should denounce it —"
CUCCINELLI: "We’re going to have the Democrats going after —"
ROSEN: "Absolutely."
CUCCINELLI: "Denouncing everything that happens all around the world that’s most Americans —" [Crosstalk]
CUPP: "No, no. Sorry if you have people actively campaigning for you that are against your values —" [Crosstalk]
CUCCINELLI: "What about the other 10 candidates?"
TAPPER: "Let’s go to —"
CUCCINELLI: "What about the other 10 candidates?" [Crosstalk]
JONES: "Well, it will be denounced. It should be denounced but this is troubling. If I were Trump, it’s the time to look in the mirror. Who am I inspiring? Who am I attracting? Why will horrible racist groups say I’m the only candidate that speaks for them? This is what — for my deep concern is that Donald Trump is beginning to legitimate some of the dark things that have been in our country for a long time and now starting to — let them elevate. Let them rise. If I were Trump I would look in the mirror."

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