Former state Rep. Vernon Jones, a conservative Democrat-turned-Republican running for Congress in Georgia, labeled the Democratic Party “the most extreme organization in the world” as he recalled the party’s support for slavery and the Ku Klux Klan, as well as its current attacks on law enforcement and “independent think[ing].”
In a video posted Thursday, Jones blasted the Democratic Party after President Joe Biden attacked MAGA — the acronym for former President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan “Make America Great Again.”
.@JoeBiden called the MAGA movement the “most extreme” in American history.
Did he forget HIS party founded the KKK? That HIS party burned down black churches? That HIS party fought to enslave the black community?
Well, I’m not letting him forget. pic.twitter.com/pY0bT2841M
— Vernon Jones For Congress (@VernonForGA) May 5, 2022
Biden made the divisive remarks Wednesday, as he addressed the impending Supreme Court decision to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade 1973 abortion case.
“What are the next things that are going to be attacked?” Biden asked. “Because this MAGA crowd is really the most extreme political organization that’s existed in American history, in recent American history.”
Joe Biden says that overturning Roe v. Wade could lead to LGBT children not being allowed in school classrooms:
"This MAGA crowd is the most extreme political organization that's existed in American history." pic.twitter.com/WyW6j52ju0
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) May 4, 2022
While campaigning in Georgia’s 10th Congressional District, Jones said, “We’re taking it to them.”
“They’re feeling the burn but I have to pause for the cause because when I heard that Joe Biden said that we MAGA folks — that we’re the most extreme organization in the world, I almost fell off the campaign trail,” he said.
Jones, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump in his run for Congress, expressed his surprise over the remarks “because Joe Biden belongs to the Democratic Party,” which he accused of racism.
“That’s the most extreme organization in the world, if there is one,” he said in the nearly 2-minute clip.
“[T]he Democrats were the ones who opposed freeing the slaves; the Democrats were the ones who started the KKK,” he added.
He also called out the president for showing honor to Robert Byrd, the former majority leader of the Democratic Party and an avowed Klansman who was once an “exalted cyclops” in the Ku Klux Klan.
“It was Joe Biden’s best friend, Senator… Robert Byrd from Virginia, who was the chapter president of the Ku Klux Klan,” Jones said. “And Joe Biden eulogized him and called him his mentor.”
Claiming “this is [the] Democratic Party now,” Jones noted it was “a Democratic Party who attacked law enforcement officers [and] who want to defund the police departments.”
“This same group do not want babies to be born,” he said. “This is extreme.”
The 61-year-old congressional candidate warned that Democrats “will attack you for being an independent thinker,” as he pointed to COVID vaccination policies to highlight what he viewed as hypocrisy.
“This is the same group that said, ‘My body, my choice’ when it comes to abortions but not when it comes to the vaccine mandate,” he said. “But what happened to, ‘My body, my choice’ then?”
Referring to “Mr. extreme” Biden’s comments against MAGA, Jones replied that it was the president and his party that were, in fact, the extremists.
“So when Joe Biden says that, Joe Biden is the extreme [one] and so is the Democratic Party,” he said. “And that’s why we’re going to take our country back; we’re going to take our state back.”
Jones, who switched parties in 2020 and endorsed then-President Trump’s re-election campaign, is narrowly leading his closest competitor, trucking company owner Mike Collins, in the Republican primary race for U.S. Congress in Georgia’s Tenth District, according to an internal poll obtained by Breitbart News.
In 2020, he explained why “a lifelong Democrat [was] speaking at the Republican National Convention (RNC).”
“[Because] the Democratic Party does not want black people to leave their mental plantation; we’ve been forced to be there for decades and generations,” he said.
“But I have news for Joe Biden: We are free people with free minds,” Jones added. “I am part of a large and growing segment of the black community who are independent thinkers, and we believe that Donald Trump is the President that America needs to lead us forward.”
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