Speaking on CNN this Monday, commentator and political activist Van Jones addressed presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump’s most recent call for “racial profiling” of Muslim Americans, referring to data that shows mass shootings are predominantly carried out by mostly white men who happen to be Christian.
“I just think it’s really interesting that we’re talking about racially profiling in the context of mass shootings,” Jones said. “The vast majority of the people who are doing the mass shootings in America aren’t Muslims at all.”
“Young white men…” CNN host Brooke Baldwin interjected.
“You are seven times more likely to be killed by a right wing extremist — a racist or an anti-government nutjob — seven times more likely than a Muslim,” Jones continued.
“If I came on TV and said let’s start racially profiling white men, let’s start racially profiling young, white men who are loners with bowl haircuts, people would think, ‘Wow, that’s a pretty unfortunate conclusion for you to come to.’ If a Christian shoots somebody, we don’t say a Christian shot them. But if a Muslim shoots somebody, we say a Muslim shot them. I think that’s starting to muddy the waters.”
Watch the segment in the video below: