Democrat Revolts Against Party, Endorses Trump for Reelection
'I believe that Donald Trump is the best person to lead this country going forward'
A Democrat lawmaker from Georgia revolted against his party by endorsing President Donald Trump due to his record of support for black African Americans.
State Rep. Vernon Jones praised Trump calling him a transformative figure:
“A philosopher once said, ‘One courageous man in the crowd is a majority.’ I’ve got the courage to express my convictions.”
“I believe that Donald Trump is the best person to lead this country going forward.”
Jones serves portions of DeKalb and Rockdale counties and has previously served as the chief executive officer of DeKalb County.
“There are a lot of African Americans who clearly see and appreciate he’s doing something that’s never been done before,” Jones told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“When you look at the unemployment rates among black Americans before the pandemic, they were at historic lows. That’s just a fact,” he said.
“This is not about switching parties," he added.
But Jones's brave move to support Trump saw him face fire from fellow state Democrats.
State Sen. Nikema Williams, the chairwoman of the state’s Democratic Party, described Jones as an “embarrassment” whose views don’t align with Georgia values, the report said.
But there was visible support from Republicans.
The Gwinnett County Republican Party shared Jones’ endorsement via their Facebook page.
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“Rep. Jones may not be a Republican, but he clearly understands that we need President Trump in office for another four years,” they wrote.
Black unemployment rates under Trump
The unemployment rates for African Americans under the president dropped to 5.4 percent in November 2019, which was the lowest level since 1972, as per the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Neon Nettle reported in August that unemployment for African-Americans between the ages of 16 and 19 plummeted to 17.7 percent, which was the lowest since records began in the early 1970s
A total of 762,000 young African-Americans had jobs in July, according to the data from the Department of Labor.
Trump's economy created 136,000 American jobs in September 2019, with the unemployment rate falling to just 3.5 percent.