Rep. Vernon Jones (D-Ga.) has announced his support of President Trump’s second term in the White House, making him the first Democratic lawmaker to endorse Trump’s reelection.
Jones, who in 2016 was elected to the Georgia House and is not changing parties, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he sees Trump as a transformative figure whose policies have helped African Americans as well as farmers and military veterans.
“It’s simple to me. President Trump’s handling of the economy, his support for historically Black colleges and his criminal justice initiatives drew me to endorse his campaign,” Jones said. “This is not about switching parties. There are a lot of African Americans who clearly see and appreciate [that] he’s doing something that’s never been done before. When you look at the unemployment rates among Black Americans before the pandemic, they were at historic lows. That’s just a fact.”
State Sen. Nikema Williams, chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia, told AJC that Jones is an “embarrassment” who fails to align with their party’s values.
“Never has that been clearer than this moment, when he chose to stand with the racist president who has made an all-out assault on Black Americans, who has tried to rip away American health care and who has failed our country in its greatest time of need during the most important election in our lifetimes,” Williams said.
Jones, a resident of DeKalb County, has also been the subject of much controversy, including an incident in March where he called a fellow Democratic lawmaker a “chicken[expletive]” and was accused of making transphobic comments to a Doraville city council member.