Georgia Democrat Rep. Vernon Jones shocked the political world several weeks ago by announcing he would support Trump in 2020.
People on the left have denounced Jones, while Trump supporters have embraced him.
He recently explained the reasons for his decision in an opinion column.
It was published at the Daily Caller:
JONES: I Am Black And I Am A Democrat. But ‘I Ain’t’ Voting For Joe Biden This November
Since that day in May when I announced I would support Donald Trump for president, my motives have been questioned, my integrity assailed, even my intelligence challenged. That’s okay.
I’m a lifelong Democrat, but I am also a black man, the son of a World War II veteran and a proud American.
In recent weeks, there have been absurd calls to defund and disband police departments across the country by Democrats in response to the unjust murder of George Floyd. These are extreme calls that will only lead to more pain and suffering in our most vulnerable communities.
As the former Chief Executive Officer of DeKalb County, Georgia, I’ve had to manage one of the largest police departments in the state. I’ve had the experience of dealing with police shootings and comforting the families of victims. But at the same time, I’ve also had the experience of losing two black police officers. I’ve had to comfort their families in the middle of the night and console their young children. I know firsthand when others are running away from chaos, police officers are running into the fight to protect and serve.
This is a key passage:
The leadership of Joe Biden and President Donald Trump is being revealed for us all to see. Joe Biden is divisive and ineffective. Meanwhile, President Trump is unifying, pragmatic and fearless.
This guy is great.
— Vernon Jones (@RepVernonJones) July 2, 2020
Maybe he should join the GOP. He would be welcomed.