A Democrat, who is friendly toward the president, will postpone his retirement plans and stay on as a member of the Georgia State Legislature.
Rep. Vernon Jones (D-Ga.) has confirmed he will not bow to pressure from fellow Democrats to resign from politics, simply for supporting President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign at the general election on Nov. 3.
“Recently I endorsed Donald J. Trump for his campaign re-election … [but] little did I know that I would receive such [a] barrage of attacks and name calling from the far-left in the Democratic Party,” he said in a video posted to Twitter. “You know what America? I thought about it and I talked to my family and I talked to my supporters because what you did for me—I am going to remain on the ballot field, I am going to complete my term.”
The remarks came after the state representative received an “overwhelming” number of messages from his constituents and other political parties to withdraw his resignation. This unexpected influx of support from his district and other parts of the nation forced Jones to re-evaluate his career move.
“When I started receiving the overwhelming support and outcry from the people that I represent in House District 91 in the Dekalb and Rockdale counties, my fellow Georgians and fellow Americans from across the country from every walk of walk of life, age, color, party that was emotional and that was motivational,” he said.
Jones defended his decision to support the incumbent president because since the Trump administration came into power in 2016 the number of African Americans in custody fell to levels not seen in 30 years. He was also concerned supporting Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden would only result in more blacks staying behind bars. This moral dilemma caused fellow Democrats to turn against him.
“The way the Democrat Party has treated me this past week has made one thing clear: they are the bigots they claim to hate and I will not be silent about it,” he said on Twitter.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) crossed party lines to commend Jones’s bravery.
“Thank you for demonstrating the courage of your convictions,” Cruz said on Twitter.
Jones believes helping President Trump win another four years in the Oval Office is in the national interest.
“I am going to continue putting my country before my party, and I am going to do everything I can to get Donald J. Trump re-elected because he is the man for this job,” he said. “He is the man for this office.”
Jones is optimistic that positive change is coming and encouraged his supporters to help create a more caring community.
“You know what America? Together we already made a change,” he said. “I got you and you [have] got me, I got gaps and you got gaps but together America we have no gaps.”