Over the weekend, Vernon Jones, a conservative Democrat-turned-Republican running for Congress in Georgia, called out Democrats for their documented support of slavery but pointed to the crucial role of Republicans who give their lives to end slavery in America.
In a video posted to Twitter on Saturday, Jones called on followers to go out and vote to “take back the country.” He then shared a historical view of the role of Democrats and Republicans in the history of slavery in the U.S.
“I had to pause for the cause because right now, as we are about to celebrate Juneteenth,” Jones said in the video.
As we talk about Juneteenth, let’s not neglect to mention that the reason slaves had to be FREED is because the Democrat Party enslaved them. pic.twitter.com/IQAXgmM5Ny
— Vernon Jones (@VernonForGA) June 18, 2022
“I’m reminded that Juneteenth was brought about because of what Democrats did to black people, enslaving black people, when it was Republicans that freed the black people,” he added.
Jones went on the condemn the Democratic party, saying, “ironically, when they teach about Juneteenth, we don’t hear anything about [how] the Democrats were the ones who wanted slavery, and they tried to protect and secure and keep slavery.”
He noted that “it was Republicans who got out, fought, [and] died to free the slaves.”
Jones called on his followers to “educate” their kids on the roles that “Republicans played to free the slaves and the role that Democrats played to keep the slaves enslaved.”
Many users on Twitter replied, praising Jones for his remarks and thanking him for his boldness to share the truth. Others shared expanded facts relating to the actions of the democratic party throughout history.
— Thomas J Brennan (@thomBren15) June 19, 2022
Jones has been a stark figure for Democrats defecting to join the Republican party. He highlighted his reasons during a speech at the Republican National Convention in 2020.
During his speech, he said that the “Democratic Party does not want black people to leave their mental plantation,” highlighting their attempts to make the minority group dependent on their policies and leadership.
According to Breitbart News, Jones also called the Democratic Party “the most extreme organization in the world,” recalling the party’s support for slavery and the Ku Klux Klan, as well as its current attacks on law enforcement and “independent think[ing].”