Democrat Who Endorsed Trump Says He’s Stepping Down After Being ‘Harassed’ By Democrats
“I’m sick and tired of me and my family being attacked and harassed by the Democrat Party for putting my country before my party,” Rep. Vernon Jones said in a statement released Wednesday, and first obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“I take pride in being an independent thinker,” Jones continued in his resignation announcement. “I intend to help the Democrat Party get rid of its bigotry against Black people that are independent and conservative.”
Georgia state @RepVernonJones, a Democrat who endorsed President Trump last week, announces he plans to step down. He faced likely defeat — party leaders quickly backed his primary challenger, @rhondataylorga, in his heavily-Democratic district. #gapol pic.twitter.com/IYQr7TYI2n
— Greg Bluestein (@bluestein) April 22, 2020
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Democratic Georgia state Rep. Vernon Jones announced that he is stepping down from office, citing attacks and harassment from his party following his endorsement of President Donald Trump for re-election.
Jones shocked the Georgia political establishment when he became the first state-elected Democrat to endorse Trump earlier in April. While the move drew quick recognition and applause from the White House, Democratic leaders closer to home immediately disavowed him, and pledged to help unseat him from office. More