Republican who said Elon Musk was African American faces Georgia runoff

Republican congressional candidate Vernon Jones faces a runoff against GOP opponent Mike Collins in Georgia after neither candidate got more than 50 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s primary.

Jones, a former Democrat who was backed by former President Donald Trump in the race, was behind Collins by 21.6 percent of the vote when the Associated Press called a runoff. Collins received 25.6 percent of the vote, some 4,500 votes more than Jones, with more than 95 percent of ballots counted. The two have a second chance to compete for the state’s 10th congressional district.

Jones famously announced that he would join the Republican Party on Jan. 6, 2021 — months after he left office in Georgia’s House of Representatives to campaign for Trump.

Since crossing the aisle, Jones has become a staunch conservative who has voiced controversial opinions, including a statement in which he referred to white Tesla CEO Elon Musk as his “African American brother.”

Vernon Jones Georgia Runoff
Republican candidate Vernon Jones is on his way to the Georgia runoff after neither he nor his opponent received a majority of GOP votes in the primary. Jones speaks to supporters of former U.S. President Donald Trump during a Save America rally at the Banks County Dragway March 26, 2022 in Commerce, Georgia.
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Earlier in April, Jones also claimed that he believes being gay is a choice and that “you can go from straight to gay to transgender and all those other genders.”

That same month, GOP nominee claimed Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar hates Christians after posting a video of a worship leader playing a religious song on guitar and signing during a flight, captioned, “I think mine Family and I should have done a prayer session the next time I’m on a plane. How do you think it will end?”

“Why do you hate Christians Ilhan?” Jones tweeted. “If you’re bothered by the freedom of religion that we enjoy here in America, feel free to pack your bags and go back to Somalia, Sudan or wherever you’re from. Take your brother with you.”

During his congressional campaign, he has vowed to impeach President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on his first day on Capitol Hill.

Trump’s endorsement of Jones is part of the former president’s plan to oust Georgia officials who have refused to help him overturn the 2020 election results.

But those efforts appeared to founder on Tuesday after the biggest battle in the gubernatorial race was won by Trump’s rival governor Brian Kemp, who easily defeated former Senator David Perdue. Perdue was not only endorsed by Trump, but encouraged by the former president to run for governor in the first place. Republican who said Elon Musk was African American faces Georgia runoff

Rick Schindler

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