Georgia Democrat state representative Vernon Jones, who regularly slams his own party and in May endorsed President Trump, went hard after Joe Biden on Tuesday in an op-ed for Daily Caller.
Jones began by recounting the attacks against him after announcing his support for Trump, and the events in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis at the hands of an overzealous cop.
The lifelong Democrat said that “as the son of a WWII veteran and a proud American,” much of what he’s seen has been “absurd.”
“Since that day in May when I announced I would support Donald Trump for president, my motives have been questioned, my integrity assailed, even my intelligence challenged. That’s okay,” Jones wrote.
In recent weeks, there have been absurd calls to defund and disband police departments across the country by Democrats in response to the unjust murder of George Floyd. These are extreme calls that will only lead to more pain and suffering in our most vulnerable communities.
While many politicians simply shout from the cheap seats (sorry; AOC reference), Jones understands what both police officers and the families of victims go through when police shootings occur — including the deaths of two black officers — due to his previous job.
As the former Chief Executive Officer of DeKalb County, Georgia, I’ve had to manage one of the largest police departments in the state. I’ve had the experience of dealing with police shootings and comforting the families of victims. But at the same time, I’ve also had the experience of losing two black police officers. I’ve had to comfort their families in the middle of the night and console their young children. I know firsthand when others are running away from chaos, police officers are running into the fight to protect and serve.
In contrast to the actions of the Democrats and the protesters, Jones praised Trump for his response to Floyd’s death as “commonsense.”
President Trump was sickened by the death of George Floyd and fully committed to ensuring that he will not have died in vain. The president has taken a commonsense approach to heal our nation. President Trump made clear that he will protect all Americans, serve as an ally to peaceful protesters and always uphold law and order.
After also praising Trump for his Executive Order on police reform, Jones went after Joe Biden and Barack Obama, in contrast to Trump.
Where were Joe Biden and the previous administration for 8 years in the White House on this issue? I’ll tell you. They were absent in unifying this country. The black unemployment rate under Biden and the Obama administration averaged a horrific 12.8 percent.
The number of black Americans in poverty barely fell during the Obama administration, going down by just 145,000 over eight years.
By comparison, more than double that number – 350,000 black Americans – were lifted out of poverty during just the first two years of the Trump administration.
Jones continued to torch Biden’s nearly 48-year political career in Washington, in scathing paragraph after scathing paragraph, including Biden’s reference to his children growing up in a “racist jungle.”
Where was Biden for 36 years in the United States Senate on this issue (of race)? I’ll tell you. He was too busy shouting ‘my children are going to grow up in a jungle, the jungle being a racial jungle.’
That racial jungle he was referring to includes black and brown Americans like me. Right now, President Trump is being defined as a racist by the media, when in reality Joe Biden is the full-blooded bigot.
So when Biden uttered his now-infamous “you ain’t black” blast in reference to blacks who don’t understand the differences between him and Donald Trump during a contentious interview with radio show host Charlamagne tha God, Jones was not impressed.
Yeah, no — according to the Georgia lawmaker.
As we covered at the time, Jones told Biden in a tweet in no uncertain terms that he was not entitled to the support of black voters: “I’ve been black all my life. But I’ve never been anyone’s property, @Joe Biden. You’re not entitled to black support, Joe. You haven’t even earned it.”
I’ve been black all my life.
But I’ve never been anyone’s property, especially not @JoeBiden.
You’re not entitled to black support, Joe. You haven’t even earned it. pic.twitter.com/ZcqKC0dMak
— Vernon Jones (@RepVernonJones) May 22, 2020
Jones feels the same way about the Democrat Party as a whole when it comes to taking the support of blacks for granted. As my colleague Nick Arama wrote in April, Jones slammed Democrats as “the bigots they claim to hate.”
The way the Democrat Party has treated me this past week has made one thing clear: they are the bigots they claim to hate and I won’t be silent about it. pic.twitter.com/9kE9kcfWKS
— Vernon Jones (@RepVernonJones) April 23, 2020
As Jones neared the end of the op-ed, he beseeched all black Americans to think about the clear choice between Joe Biden and Donald Trump, warning “we cannot be tricked again.”
As black Americans, we need to be aware of the clear choice in front of us. Joe Biden has betrayed black Americans throughout his career in Washington. President Trump has spent his 3.5 years in office fighting to improve the lives of black Americans.
We cannot be tricked again. Democrats like Biden will conveniently appear in our neighborhoods and pander to us from now until November. Why? Because they only care about black people during election years.
I am black and I am a Democrat. But “I ain’t” voting for Joe Biden this November.
Jones is right, of course.
The only question I have, is why on God’s green earth a smart guy like Vernon Jones is still a Democrat — or ever was, for that matter.