Vernon Jones is an African American Democrat who represents a mostly African American area in Georgia.
He sent shock waves through the Democratic party on Tuesday by endorsing Trump for 2020.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports:
Georgia Democratic lawmaker endorses Trump’s presidential bid
State Rep. Vernon Jones bucked his party Tuesday and endorsed President Donald Trump, making him the first state elected Democratic official in Georgia to back the Republican’s bid for a second term.
The lawmaker drew a backlash from Democrats who accused him of betrayal at a time when state and national figures were rallying around former Vice President Joe Biden. Top House Democrats responded by endorsing Jones’ primary challenger, while others cast him as a narcissist.
Long a polarizing figure in Georgia politics, Jones told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he views Trump as a transformative president whose policies have helped African American voters, military veterans and farmers.
“It’s very simple to me. President Trump’s handling of the economy, his support for historically black colleges and his criminal justice initiatives drew me to endorse his campaign,” said Jones, who added that he had no immediate plans to switch parties.
A lot of people are talking about this on Twitter, as you might imagine:
BREAKING: Democrat Georgia State Rep. Vernon Jones just endorsed President Trump for a second term.
He said that he views Trump as a "transformative figure who has helped African-American voters, military vets, and farmers with his policies."
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) April 14, 2020
Georgia State Rep. Vernon Jones—A Democrat, just endorsed President Trump
“A generation of African American families have been devastated by draconian policies that Joe Biden supported and voted for when he served in the Senate”
The tide is turning.
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) April 14, 2020
Georgia democrat Rep. Vernon Jones endorsed President @realDonaldTrump.
Jones views Trump as a transformative figure who has helped the black community.https://t.co/TW7VYOrevs
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) April 14, 2020
Georgia Democrat Rep. Vernon Jones has shocked the Democratic Party by endorsing @realDonaldTrump to be re-elected President.
"President Trump’s handling of the economy, his support for HBCU’s and his criminal justice initiatives drew me to endorse Trump” https://t.co/xJmSley8zQ
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) April 14, 2020
The Chairwoman of the Georgia Democrats is freaking out:
Vernon Jones is an embarrassment to the Democratic Party and doesn't stand for our values. He made that clear today by choosing to stand with a racist president who has made an all-out assault on Black Americans and has tried to rip away our health care. https://t.co/8jCQXY1hmS
— Nikema Williams (@DPGChair) April 14, 2020
Good for Mr. Jones for following his conscience!