A high-profile political commentator and former White House policy adviser has issued a warning to Canadians following Donald Trump’s presidential election.
During an event in Toronto on Tuesday evening, CNN political contributor Van Jones said Canada is not immune to the class tensions and divisive forces that swept Trump to power.
Jones delivered the keynote address at the event organized by the Broadbent Institute.
Jones said similar “hate waves” are popping up in all Western democracies, and anyone who thinks Canada will avoid the threat is wrong.
“People keep saying that this hate wave that’s moving across the west cannot hit Canada, and you are wrong,” he said.
He discussed what a Trump presidency will mean for the U.S. and Canada.
“The working classes, especially the white working classes, feeling rightfully thrown under the bus and left behind, are reacting in ways that are shocking, in ways that I think are unfair, in ways that are unfortunate and sometimes that are xenophobic and racist,” he said.
Jones called November’s election results a “whitelash” against a changing country and, in part, against its current black president.
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