Jones is covering his arse, probably at the behest of Trump. The way Ben Swann and Jones have both reacted to this after covering it (granted, Swann's coverage was WAY better than Jones' who was obviously scared from the start) have made me think even more strongly that it might be true.
It's still a strong message, and Rand is starting to get his groove back. There is some realigning that needs to be done, but the liberty movement is set well for the long haul. After the economy inevitably craps the bed again, that will be a big opportunity for us.
I think there is a possibility you are correct, but I wouldn't jump the gun so fast. For all we know, he could just as easily go after the Freedom Caucus members next year with primary elections. Trump is a wildcard.