CNN PUNDIT Van Jones has broken down in tears following Joe Biden’s US election victory, calling it a "vindication for a lot of people who really have suffered".
After days of vote counting, the Democratic candidate was finally projected to have won the 2020 election after capturing the key swing state of Pennsylvania.
That was enough to push Biden over the 270 electoral college votes required to declare victory.
It leaves President Donald Trump facing an insurmountable deficit in the race for the White House.
A former administration advisor for former President Barack Obama, Jones struggled to hold back the tears while reflecting on Biden’s victory.
"It's easier to be a parent this morning,” he said.
"It's easier to be a dad.
"It's easier to tell your kids character matters.
"Telling the truth matters.
"Being a good person matters."
Today is a good day.
It’s easier to be a parent this morning.
Being a good person MATTERS.
This is a big deal.
It’s easy to do it the cheap way and get away with stuff — but it comes back around.
Today is a good day.#PresidentBiden#VotersDecided pic.twitter.com/h8YgZK4nmk
— Van Jones (@VanJones68) November 7, 2020
The three-time New York Times bestselling author added that Trump losing would ultimately make life "easier for a whole lot of people.”
"If you’re Muslim in this country, you don’t have to worry that the president doesn’t want you here,” he said.
"If you’re an immigrant, you don’t have to worry if the president is happy your baby has been snatched away or send dreamers back for no reason.
“This is vindication for a lot of people who really have suffered.
"You know.. ‘I can’t breathe.’
"That was not just George Floyd.
"There were a lot of people who felt like they couldn’t breathe.
"Everyday you're waking up and you're getting these tweets and you just don't know.
"You're going to the store and people who have been afraid to show their racism are getting nastier and nastier and you're worried about your kids and you're worried about your sister - can she just go to Walmart and get back in to the car without someone saying something to her?
"And you've spent so much of your life's energy just trying to hold it together and this is a big deal for us, just to get some peace and have a chance for a reset, and the character of the country matters and being a good man matters."
Jones added: “I just want my sons to look at this.To look at this.
"It’s easy to do it the cheap way and get away with stuff, but it comes back around.
"It comes back around and it’s a good thing for this country.
"I’m sorry for the people who lost, for them it’s not a good day.
"But for a whole lot of people it’s a good day.”
Irish ministers from across the political divide have been quick to congratulate both Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris following their victory.