Van Jones: ‘Silent Majority' of Conservatives 'Heartbroken' about Chicago Killings

July 23, 2013 - 3:08 PM

Van Jones

Former Obama green jobs czar and left-wing political activist Van Jones (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)

(CNSNews.com) – Former White House environmental adviser Van Jones said Sunday there may be a “Jack Kemp silent majority of conservatives who are heartbroken” about the Chicago killings.

“There may be a Jack Kemp silent majority of conservatives that are heartbroken about the killings. There could be a Right-Left coalition to come together, to try to talk about entrepreneurship, mentorship, public-private partnerships to stop these killings. That could be an outcome here,” Jones said.

The death toll in Chicago has risen to 232 for 2013. Over the weekend six people were fatally shot and 17 wounded, including a six-year-old girl who attended a vigil with her family.

“There's something positive that has not been talked about from the Right,” Jones said. “Conservatives have weighed in; they said they are very concerned about the killings in Chicago and in other urban environments. African-American leaders have tended to dismiss that, and say, ‘Well, they're just scoring political points against civil rights. They don't mean it. I think they may be too cynical,’” Jones said.

Conservatives have been vocal on the growing violence in Chicago, including radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh, conservative columnist Michelle Malkin, TV talk show host Bill O’Reilly, and Pat Buchanan, who served as senior adviser to Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan.