Donald Trump-backed Georgia congressional candidate Vernon Jones said Thursday that civil rights did not apply to the gay community because he insisted gay people “can actually change” to become heterosexual.
And if they do, they apparently don’t need civil rights protections either, Jones said.
“Civil rights for black people and gay rights for gay people are two different things,” Jones told former Trump adviser Steve Bannon on his War Room podcast.
“I don’t know what you are unless you tell me what you are if you’re gay. When I walk into this room, you can tell I’m black. I am black from the cradle to the grave,” Jone said. “Let’s not be confused.”
He added: “They can actually change. You know you can go from straight to gay to transgender and all those other genders. When you’re black, I have no choice… When did the gays come here [slave] ships?”
Jones also tried to drive a wedge between gay rights advocates and anti-racists with a tweet.
Jones ran into a few hiccups in his campaign.
Former House of the Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich posted a video endorsing Jones earlier this week, then flip-flopped hours later and released a video supporting his GOP rival Mike Collins, CNN reported. Gingrich’s team blamed “junior staff” for the confusion, but it was clearly Gingrich who spoke about the conflicting videos.
Jones and Collins are running for an Open House seat against a wide range of Republican candidates.
Jones, now a Republican, was a keynote speaker at the 2020 Republican National Convention and bragged about his support for Trump in the presidential election. But he voted Democratic in the primary, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported last month. He also served as a Democratic state representative in Georgia.
Trump in an endorsement video called Jones “a premier American fighter, who will never back down from the establishment or the radical left.”
Jones’ comments on Bannon’s podcast and his tweet drove critics on Twitter crazy.