Van Jones, CNN's stalwart critic of President Donald Trump, is now a believer. Jones was apparently blown away when Trump honored the widow of a fallen Navy Seal during his first Presidential State of the Union Address to Congress on Tuesday night.
Trump addressed Carryn Owens, wife of U.S. Navy SEAL William "Ryan" Owens, who died on Jan. 29 in Yemen. Owens was the first war casualty of Trump's presidency.
"Ryan died as he lived: a warrior, and a hero, battling against terrorism and securing our nation,” Trump said, as members of Congress stood and applauded.
The impact of Trump's speech was not lost on Jones.
"He became President of the United States in that moment, period," Jones said emphatically on Anderson Cooper's 360.
"There are a lot of people who have a lot of reasons to be frustrated with him; to be fearful of him; to be mad at him. But that was one of the most extraordinary moments you have ever seen in American politics, period.
"And he did something extraordinary … and for people who had been hoping that he would become unified; hoping that he might find some way to become presidential, they should be happy with that moment. For people who have been hoping that he would remain a divisive cartoon, which he often does, they should be a little worried tonight."
Within minutes, Jones began trending on Twitter.com. Delicate snowflakes protested bitterly and denounced Jones as a traitor.
One Trump hater even suggested Jones switched alliances because he was threatened with job termination.
Please enjoy the snowflake meltdown below. It was a beautiful sight to behold last night.
If Van Jones saying something positive about POTUS compels you to hurl racist insults at him, then Van Jones ain't the problem — *you* are.
— Duane Sugimura (@HeinousManBeast) March 1, 2017
Unlike Van Jones I will not be participating in the normalization of Donald Trump.
— Simar Ahluwalia (@sahluwal) March 1, 2017
— AliceInCongressLand (@American1765) March 1, 2017
@CNN could not disagree with Van Jones more on this. You're congratulating him because the bar is set so incredibly low.
— Chanda Kuhlmann (@crkuhl) March 1, 2017
If you don't give credit where credit is due, it makes all your criticisms white noise to those who need to hear it. Van Jones did it right.
— Saint Michael (@stzrdom) March 1, 2017
@CNN And Van Jones lost all credibility at that moment. Period.
— BP (@barryparmet) March 1, 2017
@CNN This is the dumbest thing Van Jones has ever said. Period.
— Donald J. Tweet (@DonaldJTweet) March 1, 2017
Surprised and saddened to hear @VanJones68 tonight. The media got played tonight. And now media normalizes someone who can read a prompter
— ALT DOJ (@ALT_DOJ) March 1, 2017
@KeithOlbermann van jones is a joke. "Most extraordinary moment in American politics"? Really? "Ask not"? "Nothing to fear"? "Infamy"?
— Matt Adams (@dawgfanatic) March 1, 2017
— Chris Brudy (@csbrudy) March 1, 2017
After hearing Van Jones & Chris Matthews gush about Trump's "presidential moment" I am now officially nauseous w/a migraine. #MakeItStop
— Debora L Burnett (@dlbvet) March 1, 2017
@VanJones68 Sorry, Van Jones, you're credibility is gone. I don't believe for a moment you got suckered by this pathetic display of deceptio
— Karmeila Marcus (@msweasle940) March 1, 2017
— Sonya (@suiteplat) March 1, 2017
— Larry Elder (@larryelder) March 1, 2017
— ColoradoGirl (@elizamcoop) March 1, 2017
— Kimberly (@Kimberly_Mck) March 1, 2017