Georgia Democrat Who Endorses Trump Abandons Plans to Resign, Will Defy Bullying of the Left
A Democratic Georgia state legislator who endorsed Donald Trump reversed his plans to resign from office on Thursday, explaining that he wouldn’t allow the Democratic Party to bully him into submission.
Vernon Jones became a target for ire from members of his party when he announced his support of President Trump and the ‘MAGA’ agenda. He soon announced that he would resign from office, reacting to a flood of condemnation from progressive Democrats incensed by his decision to embrace the President.
Jones had previously cited President Trump’s progress on lowering the black unemployment rate, his support of historically black colleges, and criminal justice reform as causes for him to cross party lines and endorse his reelection.
“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… There are a lot of African Americans who clearly see and appreciate he’s doing something that’s never been done before,” Jones said. “When you look at the unemployment rates among black Americans before the pandemic, they were at historic lows. That’s just a fact.”
But Jones appears to have changed his mind about resignation, announcing that he’d fulfill his term in office and campaign for the President’s re-election in Georgia.
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.
— Vernon Jones (@RepVernonJones) April 23, 2020
“I am going to remain on the battlefield… I am going to complete my term. I am going to continue to put my country before my party. And I will do everything I can to help Donald J. Trump get reelected.”
It’s possible that Jones will change his party orientation to Republican, although the Lithonia-area district he represents is heavily Democratic.