“It’s a tricky thing, the impeachment process, because for some Republicans it makes them want to rally around the flag,” Jones said. “When I was anti-Bill Clinton from the left in the ’90s, and then they tried to impeach him, and suddenly Clinton was my best friend. I was like, ‘Leave Bill Clinton alone.’ So I think you get crosscurrents in this thing, and at the same time the Democrats are in a lose-lose situation.”
“If they don’t do something, their own base is going to feel disappointed and feel like maybe Trump gets away with too much,” Jones added. “If you don’t do the impeachment, though, you divide the country further, take the oxygen away from your candidates, and you still don’t solve the problem of [foreign] interference.”
“It’s a big mess,” he concluded. Indeed — a mess that will backfire on the Democrats in 2020.
Jones says he became politically radicalized in the aftermath of the April 1992 Los Angeles riots which erupted shortly after four L.A. police officers who had beaten the now-infamous Rodney King were exonerated in court. “I was a rowdy nationalist on April 28th,” says Jones, “and then the verdicts came down on April 29th. By August, I was a communist.”
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Jones’s new approach was modeled on the tactics outlined by the famed radical organizer Saul Alinsky, who stressed the need for revolutionaries to mask the extremism of their objectives and to present themselves as moderates until they could gain some control over the machinery of political power. Jones still considered himself a revolutionary, but a more effective one thanks to his revised tactics.