Georgia State Rep. Crowd-Surfs Over Maskless Trump Supporters At President's Rally
Georgian MP Vernon Jones (D) showed little consideration for coronavirus security measures on Friday as he surfed Donald Trump's maskless supporters during the president's crowded rally in Macon.
Jones, a Democrat who backed Trump in the 2020 election, also did not wear a mask and ignored guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - which recommend even small gatherings and social distancing.
Georgia State Representative Vernon Jones surfed during a rally for President Donald Trump at Middle Georgia Regional Airport in Macon, Georgia. (Photo: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Jones faced a backlash for the stunt on Twitter, where critics pointed out that the United States appears to be experiencing another high point of daily infections right now. Others criticized Trump for holding the rally (and others in recent days) in the middle of the pandemic.
COVID-19 has now killed nearly 220,000 Americans and made more than 8 million sick, including the president, who was hospitalized for three days in early October.
But Jones remained defiant, boasting in a tweet that "this #trumptrain is about to roll in steam" on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
In another post he wrote: “Yes, I have surfed in this crowd! To the haters - stay crazy! You'll be even angrier on November 3rd! "
In an article published in the Savannah Morning News in 2008, Jones described himself as an "independent thinker and conservative Democrat who supports faith-based initiatives, tough immigration laws and financial responsibility." The story goes that he voted twice for George W. Bush.
As a Democratic politician, Jones announced his support for Trump earlier this year and was even at a loss for the president at the Republican National Convention in August. In his congressional address, Jones accused other Democrats of not wanting "blacks to leave their mental plantations."
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