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Democratic Lawmaker Vernon Jones Intimidated Into Resigning By DEMS For Endorsing Trump For Re-Election! (Live Broadcast)

Democratic Lawmaker Vernon Jones Intimidated Into Resigning By DEMS For Endorsing Trump For Re-Election! (Live Broadcast)

by April 28, 2020 0 comments

Lets Get It!!!
By: Tommy “Tj” Sotomayor

A Democratic Georgia lawmaker has reversed an initial decision to step down from office after facing backlash for endorsing President Trump for reelection last week.

“Yesterday, I announced my intentions to resign from my office,” Rep. Vernon Jones, D-Lithonia, tweeted on Thursday.

“But shortly thereafter, the outpour[sic] of support I received was too great for me to ignore. I will not allow the Democrats to bully me into submission. I will not let them win. I will NOT resign.”


Vernon Jones@RepVernonJones

Yesterday, I announced my intentions to resign from my office. But shortly thereafter, the outpour of support I received was too great for me to ignore.

I will not allow the Democrats to bully me into submission. I will not let them win.

I will NOT resign. #MAGA

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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, responded by thanking Jones for “demonstrating the courage of your convictions.”

Jones made waves last week when he endorsed Trump, saying in a video that he’s backing the Republican incumbent because of Trump’s support for criminal justice reform and historically black colleges and universities.


The endorsement resulted in swift blowback from fellow state Democrats, many of whom publicly said they would donate to Rhonda Taylor, a community activist running for Jones’ seat in the state’s June 9 Democratic primary. State Sen. Nikema Williams, chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia, issued a statement calling Jones an “embarrassment.”

Vernon Jones@RepVernonJones

The way the Democrat Party has treated me this past week has made one thing clear: they are the bigots they claim to hate and I won’t be silent about it.74.9K11:17 AM – Apr 23, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacy33.4K people are talking about this

In another tweet Thursday, Jones accused Democrats of acting like “the bigots they claim to hate.”

“The way the Democrat Party has treated me this past week has made one thing clear: they are the bigots they claim to hate and I won’t be silent about it,” he said.

In an accompanying video, Jones said: “I will continue to let the Democratic Party know that the bigotry within this party is hurting African-Americans — and more and more African-Americans are thinking independently.”


Jones is no stranger to controversy, weathering allegations of theft while serving as CEO of DeKalb County between 2001 and 2009.

Jones is not the only Democratic lawmaker to catch heat for praising Trump. A group of Detroit Democrats reportedly will vote on Saturday on whether or not to censure Michigan Rep. Karen Whitsett, D-Detroit.

Whitsett previously told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham that Trump saved her life by pushing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to approve so-called “off-label” use of hydroxychloroquine, a drug that the president has controversially touted in public.

Fox News’ Charles Creitz contributed to this report.

‘Tried To Scare Me’: Democratic Lawmaker Reveals What His Party Did To Him After He Endorsed Trump

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  • Georgia state Rep. Vernon Jones spoke to the Daily Caller News Foundation about his decision to support President Donald Trump for re-election, and how that endorsement was received by his Democratic colleagues. 
  • Jones pointed to Trump’s work on criminal justice reform, support for historically black colleges, and also economic opportunity zones that he says have helped African-American communities. 
  • Jones said the Democratic Party immediately tried to censor him and broke party bylaws by endorsing his opponent. He says he will remain a Democrat to “agitate” them.

02:4102:42A Democratic lawmaker who endorsed President Donald Trump over presumptive Democratic nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden opened up in an interview about what led to his decision, and also the immediate backlash he received from his party.

Vernon Jones, the state representative for Georgia’s 91st House District since 2017, surprised the country when he announced his support for Trump’s 2020 re-election bid. The decision not only came as a shock to his colleagues in the Democratic Party, but perplexed those who knew the partisan makeup of his district, which votes overwhelmingly Democratic.

However, Jones suggested the choice in November couldn’t be more clear.

“We haven’t had a president like Trump in my lifetime as far as I’m concerned,” Jones said to the Daily Caller News Foundation. “He does what he says he’s going to do.”

Vernon Jones. (screenshot)

Vernon Jones. (YouTube screenshot)

The longtime Georgia politician pointed to three major issues that ultimately led him to endorse the current Republican president: criminal justice reform, support for historically black colleges, and opportunity zones — all initiatives taken up by the Trump administration.

Trump passed the First Step Act in 2018, which allows non-violent criminals to be released from prison earlier by way of increased “earned time credits.” The president signed into law “groundbreaking” legislation in late 2019 that now provides permanent funding to historically black colleges and universities.

Additionally, the administration’s creation of opportunity zone tax breaks has helped revitalize minority neighborhoods across the country, Jones said.

All of these issues, Jones said, had a personal impact on his community.

“I have personal friends and family members throughout my community who were impacted by that,” Jones told the DCNF, and added that he is a graduate of North Carolina Central University, an historically black college that, like many others, does not have to fight for funding every year now because of the legislation signed by Trump.

Jones not only spoke about his support for Trump’s agenda, but also compared it to that of former Biden, who is now the presumptive presidential nominee of the Democratic Party. The Democratic lawmaker took particular umbrage with a crime bill spearheaded by Biden in 1994 that led to increased incarceration rates for African-Americans.

“He likes to talk about Republicans putting you in chains, but Joe Biden did worse. Joe Biden put them in jail and stripped them of their livelihood,” Jones said. “At the same time, President Trump has come along and let many family members out.”

Jones officially endorsed Trump on April 14, and since that time, he said the reaction from his Democratic colleagues has been nothing short of vicious.

“When I exercised my constitutional right to freedom of speech, they attacked it. They tried to scare me and others by censoring us, wanting to silence us,” he said. “That’s voter suppression.”

“I am a free-thinking, independent, conservative black man. The left-wing of the Democratic Party, they were mortified by that. They couldn’t believe it,” he continued. “The names that I was called. I was like ‘what in the world is this?’”

The backlash wasn’t confined to just public rhetoric. The Democratic Party chairs of Dekalb and Rockdale counties — Jones’s district covers both — censored him. The chair of the Georgia Democratic Party endorsed his primary opponent, Rhonda Taylor, an action that Jones said was a direct violation of the party’s bylaws.

The state lawmaker said he is a victim of a “bigoted” double standard by the Democratic Party, and pointed to the late Democratic Georgia Sen. Zell Miller’s endorsement of President George W. Bush in 2004. Miller was a conservative, white Democrat who served as a governor and later as a senator.

“No one kicked [Miller] out of the party, or attempted to kick him out of the party, or attempted to silence him. He even spoke at the Republican convention. So how is it that Zell Miller can do it, but I can’t do it?” he asked.

“Liberal white people do not want blacks thinking for themselves. Conservative white people, I’ve found, they want you to think for yourself, they want you to cast down your bucket wherever and go forth chasing the American Dream.”

Jones said examples of the Democratic Party suppressing African-American lawmakers extended out of the state, and pointed to Michigan state Rep. Karen Whitsett.

Whitsett garnered immense criticism from her party for saying Trump saved her life after he publicized the possible use of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for coronavirus patients.

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives for the daily briefing of the coronavirus task force at the White House on April 23, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

President Trump arrives for the daily briefing of the coronavirus task force at the White House on April 23 (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

“She contacted me when she heard that I had stepped down, and she started sharing with me what she went through just for thanking the president. Not endorsing, but just thanking him. The harassment she went through, the censorship,” Jones said of Whitsett’s troubles.

Upon being attacked by his party colleagues, Jones had initially opted to resign from office, but after receiving an avalanche of support from people across the country, he chose to finish his term. He is not, however, running for re-election, and his term will conclude by the end of this year.

Throughout the interview, Jones showcased his moderate legacy — including his propensity to work with Republicans in the Georgia General Assembly.

He noted his past clashes with the progressive wing of the party regarding his support for traditional marriage, and more recently his opposition to giving out stimulus money to illegal aliens while many American families are struggling under the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

As for his party affiliation, Jones says he will remain a Democrat in order to press them on these issues.

“I am going to agitate this party until the end. I am going to elbow them until this so-called big tent of diversity, inclusiveness, is going to value and appreciate, and prioritize a black man or a black woman that is independent thinking, and has conservative leans,” he said. “Right now, that tent has left us.” (RELATED: Stacey Abrams’s Group Will Target Democrat Who Endorsed President Trump)

In the meantime, Jones says that he is going to do everything he can to see Trump re-elected to the White House.

“My number one priority is to help Donald J. Trump get re-elected and wherever and however he needs me. I’m putting my country before my party, and I want to help him get re-elected,” he said.

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