Black Lawmaker accuses Pelosi of Pandering by Wearing Kente Cloth
State Rep. Vernon Jones, an African-American lawmaker from Georgia who faced blowback earlier this year for endorsing President Trump, told the “Todd Starnes Radio Show” Wednesday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and fellow white Democrats tried to “pander to blacks” when they wore a Kente cloth earlier this week.
“When has Nancy Pelosi ever put on a Kente cloth, or those other white Democrats?” Jones asked. “Now, all of a sudden they want to pander to blacks by wearing a Kente cloth? Where the hell did that come from?”
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Jones said it was interesting to see how the media barely reported on the move, which took place at the Capitol’s Emancipation Hall to honor George Floyd, who died in police custody.
Jade Bentil, a Ghanaian-Nigerian researcher at the University of Oxford, reportedly tweeted, “My ancestors did not invent Kente cloth for them to be worn by publicity (obsessed) politicians as ‘activism’ in 2020.”
But Jones said these same reporters were tripping over themselves to try and crush Trump for bringing a Bible over to St. John’s Church last week.
“They’ve made more of an issue about this president walking over to that church and holding up a Bible,” he said. “You see, it’s not even politically correct anymore to be Christian and walk over to a church and hold up a Bible.”
He said the media focused on the Trump visit more than the story about how the church caught on fire in the first place.
Jones said another example of journalistic malpractice is the way that any incident involving a police officer potentially using excessive force is highlighted while aggression towards police is swept under the rug.
He pointed to the killing of retired St. Louis police Capt. David Dorn, 77, who was murdered earlier this month while working security for Lee’s Pawn and Jewelry during the city’s looting.
“They will highlight an officer using excessive force,” he said. “But when an officer is killed and lying on the street of a city” that is overlooked in much of the press.
“The liberal media is dividing this country,” he said. “Because they don’t want to see President Trump get reelected. They didn’t think he could get elected from the start.”
Jones said he was born raised in South and his parents taught him to stand up for your beliefs. he said Trump has done more for America than any president in modern times. Jones said he faced severe backlash when he first came out to support Trump earlier this year but said that it will not stop him.
“I call balls and strikes. I didn’t leave my party, my party left me.”