The US election results have come as a shocker for many. The disappointment and disbelief are similar to how liberal Britons reacted to the Brexit poll results.
A visibly upset Van Jones, political activist and commentator, pointed out on CNN that while various factors have been discussed, nobody has mentioned race.
Terming the "miracle" win a "nightmare", Van Jones said that this was a hard night for many parents who've been telling their kids not to be a bully or a bigot, to be prepared and do their homework - they're dreading breakfast because they'd have to explain the results to their children.
He went on to say that he has Muslim friends who're texting and asking him, "Should I leave the country?" The families of immigrants are terrified too, he said.
Van Jones went on to explain that while it's true that this was a reinvention of politics and polls, nobody has talked about race. "We've talked about income, we've talked about class, we've talked about region. We haven't talked about race," he said. Terming the results a "whitelash" against a changing country and a black president in part, Van Jones said that Donald Trump has a responsibility tonight to reassure all the people he insulted and offended and brushed aside that he would be their President too. That in this "deeply painful moment", they need the reassurance that in giving America back to some, others wouldn't be thrown out. Watch: