Political commentator Van Jones perfectly summed up the fears of all parents following Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. presidential election.
“It’s hard to be a parent tonight for a lot of us,” Jones said during a guest appearance on CNN Tuesday night. “You tell your kids, ‘Don’t be a bully.’ You tell your kids, ‘Don’t be a bigot.’ You tell your kids, ‘Do your homework and be prepared.’
“Then you have this outcome, and you have people putting children to bed tonight and they’re afraid of breakfast. They’re afraid of ‘How do I explain this to my children?’”
On Twitter, a number of parents asked that very same question.
Please tell me how we explain to children not to mock people with disabilities when the president does it. #ElectionNight
— Elizabeth Plank (@feministabulous) November 9, 2016
How do we explain to children that someone so full of hate won? That you can be a bully and get away with it? #ElectionNight
— Kelly (@kellyfigley) November 9, 2016
— Ryan Satin (@ryansatin) November 9, 2016
Jones, who is a father of two, also acknowledged that race is an important issue to tackle when talking about this election.
“We've talked about everything about race tonight,” he said. “This was a white-lash. This was a white-lash against a changing country, it was a white-lash against a black president in part. And that's the part where the pain comes.
“Donald Trump has a responsibility tonight,” he continued. “To come out and reassure people that he is going to be the president of all the people who he insulted and offended and brushed aside.”
On Twitter, users recognized the struggle of explaining this to children and applauded Jones for articulating every parents' feelings.
Feel for all the parents and teachers who have to explain this to their children today- esp to children of color.
— Alexis Giuseppone (@AlexisSayWhat) November 9, 2016
If you wanna cry watch Van Jones give the first cognizant minority understanding of the election on CNN tonight. He just made it real.
— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) November 9, 2016
— Kristin Davis (@KristinDavis) November 9, 2016
Watch the video above to hear Jones' full commentary.