Black Georgia Dem Who Backed Trump Resigns After Harassment From Party; Update: Changes Mind

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Posted: Apr 23, 2020 7:45 AM
Black Georgia Dem Who Backed Trump Resigns After Harassment From Party; Update: Changes Mind

Source: Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead

Update: He changed his mind.

Original Post: Democratic state Rep. Vernon Jones, who recently backed President Trump for re-election, resigned Wednesday after being harassed by his fellow Democrats.

“Turn the lights off, I have left the plantation,” the black lawmaker said in a statement. "Someone else can occupy that suite. Therefore, I intend not to complete my term effective April 22, 2020."

Jones said that while he plans to help re-elect President Trump, he will do so while remaining in the Democratic Party. 

“I don’t plan to leave the Democratic Party because somebody’s got to be in there to hold them accountable — hold them accountable to how they are treating black people (and) root out the bigotry,” Jones said on “The Rashad Richey Morning Show.” 

The former lawmaker said he is “sick and tired of me and my family being attacked and harassed by the Democrat Party for putting my country before my party,” journalist Hayley Mason reported. 

Democratic leaders in two counties within Jones' district had said Monday they would censure the lawmaker over his support of Trump. 

“I take pride in being an independent thinker. My first amendment right to freedom of speech is under siege,” Jones' statement continued. “I intend to help the Democratic Party get rid of its bigotry against Black people that are independent and conservative.” 

In his decision to come out in support of the president, Jones pointed to Trump’s handling of the economy and low level of unemployment among African Americans (prior to the pandemic), as well as his efforts on criminal justice reform and support for historically black colleges and universities. 

On Twitter, Jones said members of his party aren't even interested in hearing why he's supporting the president.

While the left may try to vilify Jones, plenty of patriots have his back.