Georgia Democratic Rep To Introduce Bill Classifying Attacks On Trump Supporters As A Hate Crime

Democratic Georgia Rep. Vernon Jones says he plans to introduce legislation that classifies attacks against President Donald Trump’s supporters as hate crimes.

“I’ve watched countless videos of Trump supporters getting attacked in the streets simply due to their support of @realDonaldTrump,” Jones tweeted. “Let’s call this what this is: a hate crime. And as we return to the legislature next week, I’ll be introducing legislation that’ll make it such.”

Jones became the first elected Democrat in the state to endorse Trump’s reelection last year, citing the Trump’s work for the black community.

Because of his support for Trump, Georgia Democratic Party chair and state Sen. Nikema Williams said Jones was “an embarrassment to the Democratic Party.”

In late April, after expressing support for Trump he said he initially planned to step down from the state legislature. But then he changed his mind after the “overwhelming amount of support” he received from his constituents. He said, “When I started receiving the overwhelming amount of support and outcry from the people that I represent in House District 91 in DeKalb and Rockdale counties, my fellow Georgians, and fellow Americans from across this country in every walk of life, every age, every color, every party — that was emotional, and that was motivational.”



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