He’s not going to leave that easily.
State Rep. Vernon Jones, the African-American lawmaker from Georgia who abruptly resigned this week due over harassment for endorsing President Trump in 2020, said Thursday that there has been a slight change of plans.
“I will not allow the Democrats to bully me into submission,” he said in a Twitter post. “I will not let them win. I will NOT resign #MAGA”
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Jones posted a video on Twitter and said he was set to resign but the support that he received was too much to ignore. He said the support came from within his district and across the country, from people from all walks of life.
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“That was emotional; that was motivational,” he said. He said he talked to his family and supporters and said he is “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 am going to do everything I can to help get Donald J. Trump reelected.”
Jones, a lifelong Democrat, previously announced that he would step down from office on April 22. He said that he was sick and tired of facing an onslaught of criticism and said even his family has been harassed.
“Turn the lights off, I have left the plantation,” he said during his announcement.
He said the backlash was swift and fierce.
State Sen. Nikema Williams, chairwoman of the state Democratic Party, issued a statement calling Jones an “embarrassment,” and said he “does not stand for our values.”
Jones spoke to the “Todd Starnes Radio Show” earlier this week and he talked about the Democrat Party. He said the party has a “big tent” that is diverse but shuns a black man who is independent and conservative.
Jones told Todd Starnes, the host and best-selling author, that choosing Trump for another term was relatively easy. He pointed to the pre-coronavirus economy and the ways the Trump presidency helped the black community. Joe Biden, he said, wrote the controversial 1994 crime bill that “wiped out” a whole generation of African Americans.
“I endorsed the White Guy (Donald J. Trump) that let Blacks out of jail, and they endorsed the White Guy (Joe Biden) that put Blacks in jail,” he said.