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CNN analyst Van Jones praised conservatives for becoming “the leader” on criminal justice reform while speaking Thursday at the 2019 Conservative Political Action Conference.

“The conservative movement in this country, unfortunately from my point of view, is now the leader on this issue of reform,” Jones said. “Republican governors are being tough on the dollar, tough on crime, and shrinking prison populations.”

“They’re stealing my issue!” he added, before telling audience members asking him to join the GOP that he will still “stay in my party.”

Jones continued his praise of conservatives by telling them to “take some dadgum credit for being smart. Take some dadgum credit for getting it right.”

WIBC host Tony Katz did his show live from the halls of CPAC Friday morning. He offers his take on Van Jones’ comments and the resulting backlash from progressives in today’s popcorn moment: