Proving once again that he is more than capable of transcending party lines, President Trump has secured an unlikely endorsement from a Georgia Democrat.
Georgia State Rep. Vernon Jones became the first Democrat from the state to throw his weight behind the president, backing him to win the re-election in 2020.
Jones – an African-American senator who represents a largely Democratic district – credited Trump’s economic achievements and positive impacts on black Americans as the reasons for the endorsement.
“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 said.
“This is not about switching parties. There are a lot of African-Americans who clearly see and appreciate he’s doing something that’s never been done before,” Jones continued. “When you look at the unemployment rates among black Americans before the pandemic, they were at historic lows. That’s just a fact.”
Jones endorsement comes on the same day the former President Barack Obama endorsed his former vice president and the likely Democratic nominee for president, Joe Biden. Obama endorsed Biden in a video released on social media Tuesday.
“I’m so proud to endorse Joe Biden for president,” Obama says. “Choosing Joe to be my vice president was one of the best decisions I ever made and he became a close friend.”
Obama named his endorsement only after every single challenger to Biden had dropped out the Democratic primary. Bernie Sanders was the last to suspend his campaign.
Jones also slammed Biden, saying that his policies devastated a generation of African American families.
“A generation of African American families have been devastated by draconian policies that Joe Biden supported and voted for when he served in the U.S. Senate,” Jones said in a statement. “A change was needed and President Trump took action.”
While the Democrat’s support for Trump is certainly welcome news to Republicans, other members of his own party were apparently less than pleased with the lawmaker.
All On Georgia reported that Democratic Party of Georgia Chairwoman Nikema Williams described Jones as “an embarrassment.”
“Vernon Jones is an embarrassment to the Democratic Party and does not stand for our 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 in a statement.
“Vernon Jones doesn’t speak for Georgians, and neither does Donald Trump — which is why Georgians will send him home in November 2020,” Williams concluded.
In a statement provided by the White House Jones said, “President Trump is increasing his support in the Black community because people know that it was under his policies that Black Americans achieved such great success before the economy was artificially interrupted.”
“A philosopher once said, ‘One courageous man in the crowd is a majority.’ I’ve got the courage to express my convictions,” Jones said. “I believe that Donald Trump is the best person to lead this country going forward.”