WASHINGTON—Vernon Jones, State Representative in the Georgia House of Representatives, says he is surprised more people haven’t stood up to do the right thing.
Tens of thousands gathered to join marches and rallies in Washington on Dec. 12, petitioning the government for fair elections and transparent counting. Similar grassroots protests took place every Saturday since the general election in capitals across the 50 states.
Jones said he attended as a supporter of the president, a supporter of the Constitution, and to call for free and fair elections, which he believes did not happen.
“And a lot of us here, we’re concerned about that, but we’re letting them know we’re not backing down. We’re not going away,” he said. “What they’ve done is awaken a sleeping giant.”
“I’m surprised many of them haven’t stepped up to the plate and supported this president, like this president supported this country. Just doing the right thing, and more importantly, standing up for, again, over 74 million people who said, ‘Look, we want to reelect Donald Trump,'” Jones said.
“In today’s environment, because of the left, many are afraid to step up,” Jones said. “We have the freedom and the right to support who we want to support, but now people are afraid to, even here in Washington with all these people.”
“We all know that when sun goes down, here comes Antifa and Black Lives Matter attacking innocent people who are marching on their state capitol, and they have a right to protest for their rights as well, but that’s not the American way,” he said, adding that Democrat leaders should have denounced those groups. Instead, “they are embracing socialism. We cannot be like Venezuela and other countries where you see socialism doesn’t work.”
Jones was also disappointed the Supreme Court turned down a case challenging the election, but thinks there will be other opportunities.
“There are too many sworn affidavits, there are too many people who have felt like their rights have been infringed upon, their voting rights. And they want their case to be heard in court, that court being the highest court of the land,” Jones said.
His home state of Georgia is one of those battleground states, with an upcoming election for two Senate seats where Jones says Republicans will “hold the line.”
“There are many of us there, we are standing with this president. And let me tell you, President Trump is not going anywhere, he is the Republican Party, and I support him,” he said.