State Representative Vernon Jones (D-Ga.) announced on Wednesday that he would not resign his office, and will instead defy the onslaught of criticism from his own party over his endorsement of President Donald Trump’s re-election, as reported by Newsweek.
Representative Jones, an African-American representing the 91st district in the Georgia House of Representatives, caused a social media uproar when he announced on April 14th that he would be voting for President Trump in November. He cited President Trump’s leadership during the coronavirus pandemic, as well as the historically low unemployment rates for African-Americans on his watch prior to the economic shutdown.
After backlash from his own party, Jones initially announced his resignation, but reversed course a day later on Twitter. He said that he was inspired to continue serving his term after an outpouring of support from Trump supporters all over the country. Jones said that, as a result, he will “continue to put my country before my party,” and that he will “do everything I can to get Donald J. Trump elected because he’s the man for the job.”