BY JASON LEMON (Newsweek) – Georgia state Representative Vernon Jones announced at a Wednesday protest in support of President Donald Trump that he is officially joining the Republican Party, saying that he has been fighting “demon Democrats.”
Jones made the remarks during a pro-Trump demonstration organized by Women for America First at The Ellipse in Washington, D.C., ahead of Congress counting the electoral votes later in the day.
Jones made the remarks during a pro-Trump demonstration organized by Women for America First at The Ellipse in Washington, D.C., ahead of Congress counting the electoral votes later in the day. Jones, who was elected as a Democrat, endorsed Trump last April. He said then that he did not plan to leave the Democratic Party, but he became a vocal supporter of the president.
“I’ve been thinking a lot. I’m ready to go home. I’m ready to go home to the party of [former President Abraham] Lincoln. I’m ready to go home to the party of Frederick Douglass. I’m ready to go home to the party of South Carolina Senator Tim Scott,” Jones said. The Georgia lawmaker referenced Douglass, a prominent Black American abolitionist from the 1800s, and Scott, the only Black Republican in the Senate.
“Today, I’m coming home, I’m coming home to the Grand Old Party. I am officially joining the Republican Party,” Jones declared, receiving loud applause and chants of “USA” from the audience of Trump supporters.
Jones then thanked Mike Lindell, the CEO of My Pillow and a prominent Trump supporter, for influencing his decision. The former Democratic politician said Lindell had given him courage through all his “trials and tribulations fighting those demon Democrats.”
“I want to make clear about one thing. Donald Trump has just begun. I’m a part of his team. And we’re going to take back this country,” he said.
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