A former Democratic lawmaker turned Trump-endorsed Republican congressional candidate has come out swinging against LGBTQ rights.
Vernon Jones, 61, served in the Georgia State House of Representatives from 1993 to 2001 and from 2017 to 2021.
He switched sides to the Republican party shortly before leaving office on January 11, 2021, and announced last year he was running to become Georgia’s governor in 2022. Earlier this year, he dropped his aim of becoming Governor and announced he was running for a US House seat in Georgia’s 10th district.
On the Steve Bannon War Room podcast on Thursday, Jones dismissed comparisons between LGBTQ rights and civil rights.
“Civil rights for Blacks, and gay rights for gays, are two different things,” said Jones.
Bannon replied, “But they say it’s the same thing.”
“But it’s not the same thing,” Jones interrupted. “I don’t know what you are unless you tell me what you are, if you’re gay. But when I walk in that room, you can tell that I’m Black. I’m Black from cradle to grave, let’s not get that confused.”
“They can actually change,” he continued. “You can go from being straight, to being gay, to being transgender and all these other genders,” he said. “But when you Black, I don’t have a choice.
“When did gays come over in ships?” he added.
Trump-endorsed congressional candidate Vernon Jones says, “civil rights for blacks and gay rights for gays are two different things,” because gays can choose to be straight if they want to. “When did gays come over here in ships?” pic.twitter.com/B0fye9gG1m
— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) April 8, 2022
On Twitter, Jones doubled down on his argument. Retweeting a story about his comments, Jones said, “The Rainbow Mafia is fighting for the rights of drag queens to read to children. Martin Luther King Jr. fought to end segregation. NEVER confuse the two. I said what I said.”
The Rainbow Mafia is fighting for the rights of drag queens to read to children. Martin Luther King Jr. fought to end segregation.
NEVER confuse the two. I said what I said. https://t.co/RloWSx52YZ
— Vernon Jones For Congress (@VernonForGA) April 9, 2022
Jones has previously said that if elected to Congress, he would introduce articles of impeachment against President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris for “betrayal of public trust.” He also said he would cast a vote for Donald Trump to become Speaker.
In February, he said some people called him “the Black Donald Trump.”
Jones has been endorsed by Donald Trump in his bid to become a congressman for Georgia.
Donald Trump is such a “racist” that he’s supporting the black man that the liberal media can’t stand, Establishment Republicans love to hate, and the Left can’t stop.
I wonder how that works. pic.twitter.com/QrFcC4qXgC
— Vernon Jones For Congress (@VernonForGA) February 9, 2022
At the moment, Jones is up against around ten other Republicans in his district. The primary takes place on May 24.