Van Jones, activist and former member of the Obama administration, is pretty confident about the president’s popularity with black voters. During a recent appearance on MSNBC, Jones opined that Obama wouldn’t lose black vote this November even if “he came out as gay.” Huffington Post reports:
Former White House adviser Van Jones thinks President Obama has already locked up the support of black voters ahead of the 2012 elections, regardless of his views on gay marriage.
“I think if President Obama came out as gay he wouldn’t — President Obama is not going to lose the black vote no matter what he does,” Jones quipped Monday on MSNBC, responding to a question from host Alex Wagner about a potential loss of support among African Americans if Obama came out in favor of marriage equality.
“I don’t understand this particular strategy,” Jones continued. “Certainly, our numbers are a little bit more — because we’re more religious as a community — a little bit softer on some of this stuff, but it’s not a hardcore issue for that many African Americans. In fact, I don’t even understand the argument that gay marriage is a threat to marriage.”
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