A primary defense by Donald Trump's supporters to Trump's refusal at Wednesday night's debate to say he will respect the outcome of the election is that Al Gore demanded a recount in Florida in 2000. Bill Bennett made that case on Fox News, and Jeffrey Lord made a similar point on CNN Wednesday night. Hillary Clinton supporter Van Jones was having none of it, and he was not having it using a colorful analogy.
"You know, this is a really sad night, I'm just gonna say it," Jones said. "This is a very sad night for the country. You can't polish this turd. I'm sorry, you cannot." "Technically, you can't polish any turd," Anderson Cooper cut in, getting a laugh. Jones chuckled too, but he was just getting started. "I'm going to be very clear about this: Al Gore respected the Constitution, respected the process, respected every voter, went to our Supreme Court, asked for a resolution on his own terms — as did George W. Bush — and when the election results were certified, he told his party and his base to stand down and accept this, even though a lot of us were very, very upset."
Donald Trump's actions are different, he added. "What you just got now was the nominee of a major party, for the first time in our history, signaling to the American people that he has so little faith in our institutions, he has so little faith in our people, he has so little faith in our courts, he has so little faith in the Republican governors, the Republican secretaries of state across this country that he will not stand in front of his own country, in front of his own nation and say that he respects the process and the outcome," Jones said. "That is an outrage, an appalling lack of patriotism." He went on to question Trump's patriotism over his praise of Vladimir Putin, and you can watch below. Peter Weber - From The Week Magazine
"I'm going to be very clear about this: Al Gore respected the Constitution, respected the process, respected every voter, went to our Supreme Court, asked for a resolution on his own terms — as did George W.
Trump seized on the footage at the final presidential debate, claiming Clinton and President Obama "hired people" to "be violent, cause fights, [and] do bad things" at his rallies, although there is no evidence of either's involvement.
Trump's deputy communications director Jessica Ditto said in a statement that Gloria Allred, the lawyer representing Trump's alleged victim Karena Virginia, was nothing more than a "discredited political operative" participating in a "coordinated, publicity-seeking attack with the Clinton campaign." "Give me a break," the statement said.
In the lyrics, Jackson talks about how "nasty boys" who think "nasty thoughts" and aren't respectful "don't mean a thing" and "don't ever change." "Better be a gentleman, or you turn me off," sings Jackson, who was nominated this week for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
In celebration of the last presidential debate of the 2016 election, give the song a listen, below.