Friday, April 24, 2020

Democrat Georgia State Vernon Jones decides NOT to resign after his own party attacked him for supporting President Trump.

State Rep. Vernon Jones told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) that he had "left the plantation" in a short statement announcing his retirement from the state House.

“Turn the lights off, I have left the plantation,” Jones said. “Someone else can occupy that suite. Therefore, I intend not to complete my term effective April 22, 2020.

In an interview with a local radio show following his announcement reported by the AJC, Jones vowed to hold the Democratic Party accountable and "root out the bigotry" within his own party.

“I don’t plan to leave the Democratic Party because somebody’s got to be in there to hold them accountable — hold them accountable to how they are treating black people [and] root out the bigotry,” he said.

His resignation comes nearly a week after he told the AJC that he was endorsing Trump for reelection, a move that garnered heavy criticism from state Democrats.

“It’s very 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 told the newspaper last week.

“There are a lot of African Americans who clearly see and appreciate he’s doing something that’s never been done before,” he added. “When you look at the unemployment rates among black Americans before the pandemic, they were at historic lows. That’s just a fact.”