An apparent victory was not enough for Corey Lewandowski.
In the wee hours of Wednesday morning, the former Donald Trump campaign manager, now a CNN commentator, was not satisfied to bask in the glow of his former boss’s likely win in the presidential race. In fact, he was angry.
He wanted Hillary Clinton to make a concession speech, even though no major news outlet had officially declared a winner. And wanted the media to shred Clinton for holding out, since he was certain that the news media would have slammed Trump if the roles were reversed.
Lewandowski’s CNN colleague, Democratic strategist Van Jones, tried to appease him. This was their exchange, with brief interjections by Trump supporter Jeffrey Lord and anchor Anderson Cooper.
JONES: You won.
LEWANDOWSKI: Say it again. I didn’t hear you.
JONES: You won.
LEWANDOWSKI: That’s right. And Hillary Clinton should say that to the American people and say, “Support Donald Trump ’cause there’s one president.”
JONES: This is it. This is it. This is what …
LORD: Van, Van.
JONES: Hold on, lemme finished. I’m not done. I’m not done. Look, it’s 2 o’clock in the morning. She’ll talk in the morning.
LEWANDOWSKI: Will she?
COOPER: Let him finish.
JONES: Corey, you’re being a horrible person right now. Let me finish.
By “this is it,” Jones was referring to the vengeful response to victory that many Trump opponents have feared.
“Where is the grace?” Jones said. “Where is the understanding? Where is the empathy going to come from? It’s going to have to come from ordinary people. Tomorrow at work, when we go and look at people we don’t agree with, this can’t be the interaction.”