Georgia Democrat retracts resignation: 'I will not allow the Democrats to bully me into submission'

The Georgia Democrat who said he would step down after endorsing President TrumpDonald TrumpHead of firms that pushed 'Italygate' theory falsely claimed VA mansion was her home: report Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting VA moving to cover gender affirmation surgery through department health care MORE for reelection retracted his resignation Thursday.

“I will not allow the Democrats to bully me into submission,” state Rep. Vernon Jones said.

Jones announced on Twitter that he would remain in office for the remainder of his term after receiving support for his endorsement, which he said was “emotional” and “motivational.”  


“I thought about it, and I talked to my family, and I talked to my supporters. Because of what you did for me, I am going to remain on the battlefield,” he said in a video posted with the tweet.

“I am going to complete my term. I am going to continue to put my country before my party, and I’m going to do everything I can to get Donald J. Trump reelected,” he added. 

Jones had told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in a statement Wednesday that he was retiring from the state House, a week after telling the newspaper that he was endorsing the president for reelection.


“Turn the lights off, I have left the plantation,” Jones said. “Someone else can occupy that suite. Therefore, I intend not to complete my term effective April 22, 2020.”

The Georgia Democrat said in the video that he received a “barrage of attacks and name-calling by the far left.”

The chairwoman of Georgia’s Democratic Party, Nikema Williams, slammed Jones after his endorsement, saying "Vernon Jones doesn’t speak for Georgians, and neither does Donald Trump — which is why Georgians will send him home in November 2020."