Tonight at 9pn ET, CNN will present my friend and sparring partner Van Jones in a special titled: “The Messy Truth.” The CNN press release is below. But a word here.
I’ve seen some of the footage from the taped sections of the show. Van the staunch progressive sits down with an Ohio family of Trump voters in Ohio’s Democratic Trumbull County. He talks with the Dad — who voted for Obama twice and, like many other Americans in places like Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin, voted this time for Donald Trump.
If nothing else it is crystal clear these people are hardly racist white supremacists as depicted by so many wildly wrong liberals. (See my column here on the latest salvo fired on this in that fiery Harvard debate between Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri and Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway.) What I appreciate about Van is that, as he has said, he and I talk to each other, not past each other. And in this show, which also features my CNN friend and colleague Ana Navarro, former Pennsylvania Senator and presidential candidate Rick Santorum, and filmmaker Michael Moore, Van talks to — not past — real Trump supporters. And they are not shy about speaking up. I hope you’ll tune in. (Note: Senator Santorum is the author of Blue Collar Conservatives: Recommitting to an America That Works. He tells me Trump had read his book. I would suggest Trump is President-elect today because he understood exactly Santorum’s point.)
Here’s the CNN release:
CNN TO AIR THE MESSY TRUTH HOSTED BY VAN JONES AT 9 P.M. EST ON TUESDAY, DEC. 6
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dec. 1, 2016 – CNN will air The Messy Truth, a special program hosted by CNN Political Commentator Van Jones, at 9 p.m. EST Tuesday, Dec. 6.
One month after election night, Van Jones will explore how voters are feeling about the unprecedented election of Donald Trump. The program will include Van’s conversations with Americans from across the political spectrum and special guests including former presidential candidate Rick Santorum, documentary film maker Michael Moore, and CNN Political Commentator and republican strategist Ana Navarro.
During the one-hour live special, Jones and the special guests will take questions from a live studio audience at the Time Warner Center in New York. The program will also feature Van’s interviews with Trump supporters in Ohio, where he traveled earlier this week.
The Messy Truth will also be available On Demand the day after the linear premiere on cable VOD and on CNNgo via iPad, Roku, AppleTV, Amazon Fire, and desktop at www.cnn.com/go.