Democratic Congressman Vernon Jones does not believe his party’s presumptive nominee Joe Biden has the answer to solving race-related issues facing America—in fact, he’s backing President Trump as the candidate to save the country.
In an op-ed with the Daily Caller, Jones explains his support for Trump came as a bit of a surprise to his colleagues because he is a black Democrat.
“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. “I’m a lifelong Democrat, but I am also a black man, the son of a World War II veteran and a proud American.”
Jones said the current proposals on the table to radically transform America, including disbanding or defunding police departments is a non-solution.
Instead, Jones argued, these proposals would result in “more pain and suffering.”
“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,” he wrote. “These are extreme calls that will only lead to more pain and suffering in our most vulnerable communities.”
Jones went on to explain he was “the former Chief Executive Officer of DeKalb County, Georgia,” and was tasked with managing “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.
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But it’s this experience that now has him choosing Trump over Biden this November.
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.
But the protesters were determined to sow chaos and destruction, all in the name of racial equality. Listen, during my first legislative session in the Georgia House of Representatives in 1993, I filed the first bill in my career to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag. But I also understand the preservation of our history — the good and the bad. And still I bow to no one in my advocacy for the black community.