Black Georgia state Rep. Vernon Jones on Friday night time (October 16) went maskless as he crowd surfed over throngs of adoring Donald Trump supporters — a lot of whom additionally weren’t sporting face coverings.
The transfer got here at a rally in Macon, Georgia, even because the coronavirus pandemic has been particularly deadly for folks of coloration. Jones, a conservative Democrat who represents Georgia’s 91st District that features Atlanta’s northern suburbs, has endorsed Trump for president. He, together with the remainder of the members of the rally, flauted tips set by the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention discouraging gathering of groups of larger than 10 people at a time.
Concert events have been cancelled across the nation because of the elevated coronavirus transmission threat they pose. Trump himself has already famously been infected with the brand new coronavirus together with many who’ve attended his rallies.
Afterward, Jones took to Twitter to boast about his crowd browsing, tweeting “Sure, I surfed that crowd! To the haters – keep mad! You’ll be much more mad come November third!” Somebody additionally replied with a video of what occurred.
Hospitalization charges amongst non-Hispanic Black folks and Hispanic or Latino folks had been each about 4.7 occasions the speed of non-Hispanic white folks, in response to the CDC’s report. Non-Hispanic Black persons are additionally 2.1 occasions extra prone to die from the illness.
Herman Cain, a former GOP presidential candidate and Donald Trump supporter who’s Black, died in July as a result of issues from the coronavirus after attending a Tulsa, Oklahoma, Trump rally and not using a face protecting.
In April, Jones resigned from his seat after receiving backlash from him asserting his assist for Donald Trump. A day later, he took it again.
“Yesterday, I introduced my intentions to resign from my workplace. However shortly thereafter, the outpour of assist I obtained was too nice for me to disregard,” he tweeted. “I cannot permit the Democrats to bully me into submission. I cannot allow them to win. I’ll NOT resign. #MAGA.”
Jones additionally spoke at the Republican National Convention in August.