'I Have Left the Plantation': Georgia Democratic Representative Resigns After Being 'Attacked' By His Own Party

Georgia House Representative Vernon Jones, a Democrat said on Wednesday morning that he would resign from his seat due to criticism from within his own party after he endorsed President Donald Trump for re-election last week.

Jones made the announcement in a formal statement on Wednesday morning, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

"Turn the lights off, I have left the plantation," Jones said in the statement. "Someone else can occupy that suite. Therefore, I intend not to complete my term effective April 22, 2020."

Journalist Hayley Mason also shared a full statement from Jones on Twitter. "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," the Georgia politician said.

Newsweek has reached out to Jones for further comment.

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Former Democratic Georgia House Representative Vernon Jones announces his endorsement of President Donald Trump ahead of the 2020 election in a video uploaded to his Twitter on April 15 Vernon Jones/Twitter

"I don't plan to leave the Democratic Party because somebody's got to be in there to hold them accountable —hold them accountable to how they are treating black people (and) root out the bigotry," Jones said on the radio program The Rashad Richey Morning Show shortly after announcing his resignation.

On Twitter, Jones wrote: "The Left hates me because they can't control me. They can stay mad."

Jones drew substantial criticism after he endorsed Trump for re-election last Tuesday. The Georgia state lawmaker pointed to the president's criminal justice reform efforts, as well as low levels of unemployment for black Americans during most of Trump's presidency.

"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 told the AJC last week.

"There are a lot of African Americans who clearly see and appreciate he's doing something that's never been done before," he added. "When you look at the unemployment rates among black Americans before the pandemic, they were at historic lows. That's just a fact."

The Left hates me because they can’t control me.

They can stay mad.

— Vernon Jones (@RepVernonJones) April 22, 2020

Jones had shared a video explaining his endorsement of Trump on Twitter as well.

"I'm a Georgia State Representative and lifelong Democrat. But in this election, I'll be casting my vote for @realdonaldtrump. I didn't leave the Democratic Party. The Party left me," he captioned the post with the clip.

Nikema Williams, the chair of Georgia's Democratic Party, said Jones "does not stand for our values" last week. Democratic leaders in DeKalb and Rockdale counties—which is within Jones' district—had announced on Monday that they would censure the lawmaker over his endorsement of Trump.