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.
Victim of Denver Shooting Identified as Veteran, Hatmaker Lee Keltner
A great American by all accounts.
The victim of a heinous shooting in downtown Denver on Saturday has been identified as a small businessman and hatmaker named Lee Keltner. Keltner was shot at point blank in the head by a leftist ideologue who was supposedly acting as a “private security” guard for a NBC affiliate reporter, without being properly licensed to do so or to carry a weapon in Colorado.
Keltner speaks of his craft in a video that emerged on Sunday after his death, briefly describing his service in the US military in one point. He considered his business a means to keep the heritage of the American west alive.
This man was the victim of the Denver shooting. His name is Lee Keltner and he ran a business that made cowboy hats. A great American by all accounts. pic.twitter.com/so1OxvjIAP
— Richard (@Wildman_AZ) October 12, 2020
Keltner had been present at Denver’s Civic Center for a Patriot Prayer event that was picketed by a contingent of leftists who identified themselves as Black Lives Matter and ANTIFA.
This is how the Antifa rally in Denver's Civic Center against Patriot Prayer was billed. Notice "Denver Communists." pic.twitter.com/2sMWHL79wN
— Richard (@Wildman_AZ) October 10, 2020
Keltner was involved in a verbal altercation with a Black Lives Matter protestor when Dolloff approached him from his side and shot him in the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Antifa supporters have claimed that Keltner utilized pepper spray on the “private security” guard first, but photo imagery reveals that Keltner only deployed pepper spray after Dolloff pointed a gun at him.
The slide of Dolloff’s pistol is already seen cycling as Keltner uses pepper spray- a non-lethal weapon- in self defense. The confrontation between Keltner and a man wearing a Black Lives Matter shirt hadn’t even been violent, and it’s extremely hard to imagine why Dolloff would’ve assumed he had to shoot Keltner.
Denver police initially identified Dolloff- who wasn’t named to the public until late Saturday night as a “private security guard with no affiliation with Antifa.” In actuality, he is not registered or licensed to act as a private security guard in Colorado, and it’s unclear if he’s even eligible to carry a weapon. A query of Dolloff’s social media accounts reveals he has extreme far leftist views. He’s been booked into the Denver jail system on suspicion of first degree murder.
The life of a great American has been taken by a leftist ideologue who callously opened fire at a peaceful protest.
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