“Civil rights and gay rights, let me tell you, civil rights for Blacks, and gay rights for gays, are two different things,” Vernon Jones told Bannon. Bannon chimed in, “They say it’s the same thing,” to which Jones disagreed.
“But it’s not the same thing,” he said. “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,” Jones added. “You can go from being straight, to being gay, to being transgender and all these other genders. But when you Black, I don’t have a choice. When did gays come over in ships?”
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Trump ordered Jones to drop out of the Georgia gubernatorial race and run for the US House in order to clear the field for David Perdue. A recent poll shows Jones tied with incumbent GOP Rep. Mike Collins in the GOP House primary.
The same Big Lies and Fat Smears used against Donald J. Trump in 2015 and 2016 are used against me.
I’m honored but do better, @MikeCollinsGA!
Hell, they even call me the Black Donald Trump! Bring it on, liars!
— Vernon Jones For Congress (@VernonForGA) February 8, 2022
The Trump-backed GOP congressional candidate told Steve Bannon civil rights for gay and Black people “are two different things.” https://t.co/h06ZktfmWi
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) April 9, 2022