Rep. Vernon Jones (D-Ga.), an outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump, tore into an MSNBC host after being asked if he is getting paid by the president. “Are you a paid campaign surrogate?” host Craig Melvin asked Jones during an interview on Wednesday, July 29. “Are you being compensated?”
In response, Jones shot back, “Let me be clear. You get paid to shape a liberal narrative. You get paid to attack this president, I don’t get a dime for this president. I don’t get a dime from the campaign. Everything I’ve done has been me and based on my principles.” Jones continued, “And see, that’s the problem when an African American that’s an [elected official] …” before Melvin chimed in, clarifying that he did not raise a racial question.
Jones made waves after breaking ranks with the Democrat Party and endorsing President Trump, citing their [Dems] priority for illegals, not Americans.
Jones has said he’s backed the Republican incumbent because of the president’s support for criminal justice reform and historically black colleges and universities.
“You don’t ask Stacey Abrams if she’s getting paid from the Left,” Jones told Melvin. “So don’t ask me that. You only ask me that because I don’t fit your narrative. You know, this president has never offered me anything. I don’t want anything from this president. It’s what I can do for my country, and you need to accept that many other African Americans and others support this president because of his policies. And to insult me to say am I getting paid, that is disgraceful. That is horrible.”
For the SECOND TIME IN ONE WEEK, MSNBC asks a Black Republican if they are being paid by President Trump to support him.@RepVernonJones: “You only ask me that because I don’t fit your narrative” pic.twitter.com/QpI5UOUtei
— Jake Schneider (@jacobkschneider) July 29, 2020
Jones had decided to step down from office after facing backlash after endorsing President Trump for re-election but later reversed his decision, saying that he will stay to fight against Democrats who “bully him into submission.”
When asked how he decided to endorse President Trump, Jones said, “This president has shown two great things: one [is] leadership, two [is] results.
“The @DNC dumps black voters every 4 years after the election for the past 49 years,” Jones wrote in a tweet. “Now @joe Biden has a dream of helping the black community if he gets elected, but @realDonaldTrump has [a] record of helping the black community and all Americans.”