A Democratic state representative in Georgia announced he will not complete his current term a week after he got blowback for endorsing President Trump, saying he is “leaving the plantation,” an expression popularized by African American conservatives and independents.
H/T: New York Post
“I’m sick and tired of me and my family being attacked and harassed by the Democrat Party for putting my country before my party. I take pride in being an independent thinker. My first amendment right to freedom of speech is under siege,” state Rep. Vernon Jones said in a statement to CBS46 Atlanta. “I intend to help the Democrat Party get rid of its bigotry against Black people that are independent and conservative.”
“Turn the lights off, I have left the plantation. Someone else can occupy that suite. Therefore, I intend not to complete my term effective April 22, 2020. However, I will remain woke and vigilant in educating and fighting for my people,” he added.
Earlier today, I made the decision to not seek re-election to the Georgia House of Representatives.— Vernon Jones (@RepVernonJones) April 22, 2020
I look forward, however, to continuing to serve my community in other ways and doing all I can to re-elect @realDonaldTrump.
We will Make America Great Again 🇺🇸
The Left hates me because they can’t control me.— Vernon Jones (@RepVernonJones) April 22, 2020
They can stay mad.
I’ve seen more Democrats attack me for my decision to endorse @realDonaldTrump than ask me why.— Vernon Jones (@RepVernonJones) April 21, 2020
They’ve used and abused folks in my community for far too long, taking our votes for granted.
Black Americans are waking up. An uprising is near.
I look forward to committing my full energy to the re-election of @realDonaldTrump and ensuring that the radical Democrats that have overtaken my party suffer a resounding defeat. https://t.co/WdbNPnBsO6— Vernon Jones (@RepVernonJones) April 22, 2020
Georgia state @RepVernonJones, a Democrat who endorsed President Trump last week, announces he plans to step down. He faced likely defeat — party leaders quickly backed his primary challenger, @rhondataylorga, in his heavily-Democratic district. #gapol pic.twitter.com/IYQr7TYI2n— Greg Bluestein (@bluestein) April 22, 2020