Harassed for endorsing Trump, Georgia Dem resigns in anger: ‘Turn the lights off, I have left the plantation’


A Democratic Georgia state lawmaker has many wondering if he is going to #WalkAway from his party after his abrupt decision to step down.

Georgia state Rep. Vernon Jones announced Wednesday that he has “left the plantation” and would not be completing his term, making the surprising statement just more than a week after declaring that he was endorsing President Donald Trump.

(Source: CBS46 Atlanta)

“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,” Jones said in a statement to CBS 46 in Atlanta.

“I take pride in being an independent thinker. My first amendment right to freedom of speech is under siege,” he added. “I intend to help the Democrat Party get rid of its bigotry against Black people that are independent and conservative.”

Jones, who was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2016, had ignited instant attacks by Democrats and liberals calling him out as a “traitor” among other things for supporting Trump. He warned in a tweet on Tuesday that “Black Americans are waking up” and that an “uprising is near.”

“I endorsed the White guy (Donald J. Trump) that let Blacks out of jail, and they endorsed the White guy (Joe Biden) that put Blacks in jail,” Jones said in is statement Wednesday.

“Turn the lights off, I have left the plantation. Someone else can occupy that suite,” he declared. “Therefore, I intend not to complete my term effective April 22, 2020. However, I will remain woke and vigilant in educating and fighting for my people.”

He called out the left in a tweet on Wednesday saying they “can’t control me” and “can stay mad” at him.

Jones came under heavy fire last week after he made his controversial announcement to endorse Trump and then again when he praised the president’s handling of the U.S. economy and his efforts to help the African-American community.

“Let me be clear about one thing: I didn’t leave the Democratic Party. The Democratic Party left me,” Jones said in a video message released last week, after noting that he has been a “lifelong Democrat.”

Democratic Party of Georgia chairwoman Nikema Williams denounced Jones and said he “does not stand for our values” while Chairman of the DeKalb County Democratic Party John Jackson tweeted that Jones’ endorsement of Trump rather than presumptive 2020 Democratic nominee Joe Biden was “in no way acceptable.”

Though the decision by Jones to resign Wednesday sparked questions about a potential split from the Democrat Party, he clarified that he would remain to hold other members “accountable.”

“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 in a fiery interview on “The Rashad Richey Morning Show” after he announced his resignation Wednesday.

Adding more salt to their wounds, Jones took to Twitter after his announcement to declare he would be “doing all I can to re-elect @realDonaldTrump,” adding a nod to the president’s slogan, “We will Make America Great Again.”

He also gave “radical Democrats” an ominous warning:

And while his own party continued to trash him, many Twitter users applauded his resolve.

Frieda Powers

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Originally from New York, Powers graduated from New York University and eventually made her way to sunny South Florida where she has been writing for the BizPacReview team since 2015.

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