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Georgia state Representative Vernon Jones has spent the last few months learning what happens when you try to fight the media’s anti-Trump narrative–especially when you try to do so as a black Democrat.
Back in April, he announced that he will be voting for Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election.
I’m a Georgia State Representative and lifelong Democrat. But in this election, I’ll be casting my vote for @realdonaldtrump.
— Vernon Jones (@RepVernonJones) April 15, 2020
He originally said he would resign from office, but then decided to finish out his term.
Unfortunately, leftists simply cannot comprehend that Jones isn’t some sort of right-wing plant and is simply a grown man who thinks for himself. In an interview this week, MSNBC host Craig Melvin, who is also black, actually asked Jones if he was being paid by Trump’s reelection campaign.
“Are you a paid campaign surrogate? Are you being compensated by the [Trump campaign]?” Melvin asked during an interview Wednesday.
“Let me be clear,” Jones responded. “You get paid to shape a liberal narrative. You get paid to attack this president. I don’t get a dime from this president. I don’t get a dime from the campaign.”
Melvin visibly bristled at Jones’ assertion that he gets paid to shill for the left, even though that’s basically his job description at this point.
Jones then called Melvin out for posing such an insulting question to a black man.
“And see, that’s the problem. When an African American —” Jones continued.
Melvin, apparently insulted, shouted back, “Sir, I did not raise your race. … No, no, whoa, whoa … You’re not going to imply that I asked that question because you’re black.”
Jones retorted that he was only asked if he was paid because “I don’t fit your narrative.”
“And you need to accept that many other African Americans and others support this president because of his policies,” Jones said. “And to insult me and say am I getting paid? That is disgraceful.”
Jones has been clear for months that he supports Donald Trump because Trump has actually done things that benefit black Americans:
“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 [in April].
Jones has argued Democratic politicians are the ones who are oppressing black people in America.
Jones is right. Coronavirus notwithstanding, black Americans have seen historic gains and progress under President Trump–after suffering massive losses under President Obama, losses that erased decades of black progress, despite having a black man in the highest office.
Jones also decries the “conservatives are racist” narrative:
“We’ve raised $17K in less than three hours,” Jones said in June while promoting a fundraiser organized by a conservative group to support a black-owned business destroyed during riots in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd. “I thought conservatives were real racists?”
Jones posted a video of himself following the interview with Melvin, and it’s worth a watch:
I went on MSNBC and they accused me of being a sell-out.
— Vernon Jones (@RepVernonJones) July 30, 2020
Jones is using his voice and his platform to speak out against the racism of the left. Despite its claimed mission to “elevate black voices,” the left wants to silence him for it.
Watch Jones’ exchange with Melvin: