After being publicly criticized for spending his time and energy on the world’s first billionaire drag race to space, Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and world’s wealthiest man, announced on Tuesday after flying to the edge of space that he planned to award $100 million each to CNN contributor Van Jones and chef José Andrés.
Although this appears to be a benevolent gesture, the recipients of these awards both happen to have very radical liberal beliefs and are both very anti-Trump.
At a press conference following his trip to space, Bezos stated that the award honors those who have “demonstrated courage” and that Jones and Andres were free to do “whatever they want” with the money.
“I know that Van Jones is going to do something amazing with that $100 million,” Bezos said. “I don’t know what yet, he doesn’t know what yet, but it’s in your hands.”
CNN commentator Jones has an estimated net worth of $5 million and is publicly identified as a communist. He has also expressed radical anti-white and other racist remarks while preaching division and judgment on CNN. Jones also served for the Obama administration as former White House Special Advisor for Green Jobs.
The second awardee was celebrity chef José Andrés, who founded World Central Kitchen, a non-profit that provides food to victims in the wake of natural disasters. He is also a former Trump supporter who became an enemy after backing out of a plan to open a restaurant in the lobby of the Trump International Hotel in Washington in July 2015 due to backlash.
In August 2015, Trump sued Andreas for breach of contract, prompting Andrés and fellow chef Geoffrey Zakarian – who also backed out of his deal to open a restaurant in the hotel – to file counterclaims.
Andrés made headlines again in 2017 when he became a vocal opponent of former President Donald Trump’s immigration policy, closing his restaurants to “protest.”
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“A plate of food is a plate of hope,” Andrés said in his acceptance speech after expressing his gratitude to Bezos. “It is the fastest way to rebuild life and communities, and this award itself cannot feed the world on its own.”
“But,” he added, “this is the start of a new chapter for us, and allows us to think beyond the next hurricane to the bigger challenges we face.”
The two recipients of the $200 million have not yet announced their plans concerning Bezos’s gift. However, Bezos is still on the hook with the growing mob of radical liberals. Regardless of how much money they force Bezos to give out, it will take more change for his public image to improve.