Rep. Bernadine Kennedy Kent (D-Ohio) on Tuesday, Sept. 29 announced her endorsement of President Donald Trump’s re-election, citing low unemployment rates among black Americans and increased support for historically black colleges and universities.
“President Trump has provided a record number of black Americans with a real shot at the American dream. Black Americans have experienced record-low unemployment and the poverty rate among the black community has fallen to its lowest level in U.S. history,” Kennedy Kent said in a statement.
“We all recognize that gainful employment and economic development is the best deterrent against violence and social unrest, so I want to thank President Trump for his commitment to ensuring the success of the black community in every way,” she added.
Today, another Black Democrat State Rep endorsed President @realDonaldTrump
“…Not only am I Black, I am a proud American & delighted to endorse President Trump for re-election. Furthermore, I am honored to share with people my intent to vote for…” @REPBKKENT #PlatinumPlan pic.twitter.com/QaQbI1DoKf
— PARIS (@PARISDENNARD) September 29, 2020
Kennedy Kent was kicked out of the Ohio House Democratic caucus in June 2018 after she sent a letter to the Columbus mayor and other city officials related to her complaints that Columbus police were not taking reports of child abuse seriously, according to The Columbus Dispatch.
Kennedy Kent said that “muddied mistreatment and unlawful action” against her by the House Democrats drove her and her husband, a Vietnam combat veteran, and a lifelong Democrat, away from the party.
“No matter what my feelings are toward the Democrat Party, one thing is crystal clear: my values truly align with President Donald J. Trump’s willingness to work with those of differing opinions and perspectives more so than with Joe Biden’s divisive rhetoric, promotion of mass incarceration, and disrespectful, insensitive ideologies that substantiates his infamous comment “… if you still deciding between me and Trump, then you ain’t Black …” she wrote.
“Not only am I black, I am a proud American and delighted to endorse President Trump for re-election,” she concluded.
“Furthermore, I am honored to share with people my intent to vote for him and spread the word on the value of his leadership and his dedication to the American people,” she said.
Kennedy Kent becomes the second Democratic state representative who broke with the party to support President Trump.
Earlier this year, Georgia Democratic state Rep. Vernon Jones decided to back the president over Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, saying President Trump is the final “firewall between the Democratic Party and this country falling into anarchy.”
“President Trump’s record in just three and a half years has done far more than Democrats have in the past 30 to 40 years,” said Jones in an interview with Just The News.
“Donald Trump understands black voters,” he added. “He understands they want jobs, he understands they want businesses, he understands they want safe neighbors, he understands they want to be able to invest, he understands they want quality educations.”