GA Dem Backs Hate Crime Law, Says ‘Wearing a MAGA Hat Should Never Endanger Your Life’

GA Dem Backs Hate Crime Law, Says ‘Wearing a MAGA Hat Should Never Endanger Your Life’

Democratic Georgia State Rep. Vernon Jones has already bucked his party by announcing his decision to support President Donald Trump’s re-election in 2020.

Now, he has likely triggered the snowflakes in his party even more by vowing to introduce a bill that would make political affiliation a protected class and classify politically motivated attacks as hate crimes. As Jones puts it: “Wearing a MAGA hat should never endanger your life.”

Jones represents Georgia’s 91st House District, where Hillary Clinton beat Trump by nearly 50 points in 2016. In spite of his district’s massive Democratic tilt, Jones did not hesitate to publicly support the president’s re-election bid.

Speaking to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jones explained the rationale behind his decision: “It’s very simple to me. President Trump’s handling of the economy, his support for historically black colleges and his criminal justice initiatives drew me to endorse his campaign.”

The backlash Jones received for refusing to fall in line and endorse Joe Biden was swift and immediate. The state’s Democratic Party chairwoman, state Sen. Nikema Williams, called Jones an “embarrassment” and has endorsed his liberal primary challenger.

While the outrage from his fellow Georgia Democrats initially prompted him to resign his House seat, Jones ultimately reversed his decision, electing to run for re-election in spite of the uphill battle he may face due to his support for Trump.

While “hate crimes” have traditionally been focused on protecting minorities, Jones, an African-American, said the political environment is making it necessary for “hate crimes” legislation to apply to the president’s supporters.

Two months after many in his party disowned him over his support for Trump, Jones took to Twitter and announced his intention to introduce legislation making politically motivated attacks hate crimes, citing “countless videos of Trump supporters getting attacked in the streets” due to their support of the president:

Many Trump supporters have been targeted and attacked for their political beliefs.

In March, a California man was assaulted in a bar bathroom for wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat, suffering “serious injuries,” according to NBC News. His assailant, who ended up stealing the hat, now faces four years behind bars.

In August, in New York City, the owner of an art gallery says he was severely beaten by “more than a dozen teens” for the unforgivable offense of wearing a MAGA hat, according to NBC News:

Sadly, even one 14-year-old Trump supporter could not escape the wrath of the liberal mob. A teenage boy living in northern Florida was assaulted on his school bus in December, according to Fox News, because he dared to wear a MAGA hat to school the day before.

The Trump haters have shown no mercy to the elderly, either. In Vero Beach, Florida, in October, a 67-year-old man wearing a MAGA hat was attacked and spit on.

Jones’ legislation, House Bill 1120, aims to put a stop to this unsettling national phenomenon.

According to a summary of the bill in a news release from Jones’ office, “if a misdemeanor is committed because of actual or perceived political beliefs or political associations, defendants could be sentenced to imprisonment for three to 12 months and face a fine up to $5,000.”

Explaining his reasoning for introducing the bill in the news release, Jones discussed how “Americans are being attacked nationwide because of their party affiliation and political ideology.”

In addition to pointing to the epidemic of politically motivated attacks, Jones stated that he had “personally been subjected to hate speech and threats” over his “support for President Trump’s reelection.”

The whole idea of “hate crimes” has a troublesome recent history, as leftists have used them to try to smear political opponents (often fraudulently) rather than protecting legitimately vulnerable populations. But if nothing else, Jones is bringing attention to a sore spot too often overlooked by the mainstream media.

Americans should be free to express their political views without fearing retribution in the form of violence. After all, this is the land of the free.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

via thefederalistpapers

One comment

  1. The dummycrat’s activities since Trump was elected have proven them soiled elitists brats and soured welfare babies who are using past bad behavior of fringe groups to justify their hate. The demonrat’s are fanning the flames of the situation to further their wealth-building on the backs of the taxpayers. The extreme-leftist groups like antifa and black lives matter are infiltrating the protests to dismantle the constitutional government and create chaos, and ruin independent business. They are hurting their own in the process, but don’t care. The mantle of their motto is fake. Their true intention is to bring Marxism to America, and nothing more. Only their beliefs matter. No one else’s matters. Skin color does not matter to the leftists. It’s simply a foot in the door of their cause.
    The vast majority of Americans do not hate other’s simply because of skin color, but it’s something that still exists and can be used. America offers so many opportunities, but it still takes guts to do something with them. As far as simple skin color, for blacks, America is still the best place to be in the world; and they know it. It’s only the lazy and weak that still depend on the demonrats who started it all. Any intelligent educated America knows that all the bad things in America have always been started by a democrat. The blacks who support them, know it too; but don’t care as long as they get their freebies and special attention. Even their own black leaders work for the demons, and make demon policies, and learn to waste money and grow illicit wealth, just like the white demons. They scream about the past ‘plantation days’, but still live on one in a sense.
    They scream about being hated, but yet they hate anyone who disagrees with them. They are just as racist and bigoted as those they blame; but it’s their hurt that matters.
    They are the spoiled brats of society, who have no true knowledge of history or why it matters.
    I hope political ideology is included in the hate crimes legislation. Political ideology is as important as any other belief.

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