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'Turn The Lights Off, I Have Left The Plantation': GA Rep. Vernon Jones Following Backlash From Democrats

ATLANTA, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) -- One week after announcing his endorsement of President Donald Trump's bid for a second term in office, State Representative Vernon Jones has resigned from his position.

This comes after the Georgia Democratic Party's unfavorable response to his endorsement, with members calling him an embarrassment to the party.

Today, Rep. Jones issued CW69 this response and explanation for his decision to step down:

"I'm sick and tired of me and my family being attacked and harassed by the Democrat Party for putting my country before my party.  I take pride in being an independent thinker. My first amendment right to freedom of speech is under siege. I intend to help the Democratic Party get rid of its bigotry against Black people that are independent and conservative.  I endorsed the White guy (Donald J. Trump) that let Blacks out of jail, and they endorsed the White guy (Joe Biden) that put Blacks in jail. Turn the lights off, I have left the plantation. Someone else can occupy that suite. Therefore, I intend not to complete my term effective April 22, 2020, but will remain woke and vigilant in educating and fighting for my people."

This morning, the Democratic Party of Georgia Chairwoman, Senator Nikema Williams, issued CW69 this response to his decision:

"Vernon Jones' support for Donald Trump's cruel and hateful administration proves that his values do not stand with the Democratic Party or his constituents. With today's announcement, the 91st District has the opportunity to elect a real Democrat who will fight for our values and against the morally bankrupt president who has failed America over and over again."

Jones represented District 71 in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1993 to 2001 and District 91 starting in 2017.

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