A Democratic lawmaker who endorsed President Donald Trump over presumptive Democratic nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden opened up in an interview about what led to his decision, and also the immediate backlash he received from his party.
H/T: Daily Caller
Jones' endorsement of Trump was based on three of the President's first-term accomplishments: criminal justice reform known as The First Step Act, long-term funding for historically black colleges, and opportunity zone tax breaks designed to help revitalize minority neighborhoods all across the country. All three of these accomplishments have had a personal impact on Jones, but that's not enough for his Democratic colleagues. From the article:
Jones officially endorsed Trump on April 14, and since that time, he said the reaction from his Democratic colleagues has been nothing short of vicious.
“When I exercised my constitutional right to freedom of speech, they attacked it. They tried to scare me and others by censoring us, wanting to silence us,” he said. “That’s voter suppression.”
“I am a free-thinking, independent, conservative black man. The left-wing of the Democratic Party, they were mortified by that. They couldn’t believe it,” he continued. “The names that I was called. I was like ‘what in the world is this?'”
The backlash wasn’t confined to just public rhetoric. The Democratic Party chairs of Dekalb and Rockdale counties — Jones’s district covers both — censored him. The chair of the Georgia Democratic Party endorsed his primary opponent, Rhonda Taylor, an action that Jones said was a direct violation of the party’s bylaws.
I endorsed @realDonaldTrump and the Democratic Party leadership came for my head. @JoeBiden now faces a credible allegation of sexual assault but they have not a single thing to say.— Vernon Jones (@RepVernonJones) April 28, 2020
Wow. Think about that.
WATCH: In 2008, I ran for U.S. Senate and captured 40.4% of the vote in the Democratic Primary.— Vernon Jones (@RepVernonJones) April 27, 2020
I’ve always been a supporter of border security, limited government, and putting America First.
I didn’t leave the Democrat Party. The Party left me. pic.twitter.com/E80YKsrnAM
Cycle after cycle, African-Americans give more than 97% of their support to Democratic candidates.— Vernon Jones (@RepVernonJones) April 25, 2020
How have national Democrats awarded this loyalty? By putting illegals ahead of them.
Enough is enough.