Georgia State Representative Vernon Jones, who is also a Democrat, was explaining to Craig Melvin on MSNBC why he felt President Trump has done a good job as President and why he supported the President.
Melvin reminded Jones that he is a Democrat representing the people of Georgia and asked how Jones’ district felt about Jones supporting the President.
The implication of the question was that Jones must have been out of step with his district and that a good Democrat surely could not and should not support the President – especially this President.
Typical of the left’s Maoist tactics in the current era, Melvin tried to find a way to put Jones in his place. The most common tactic used by the left these days is to call the person a ‘racist’ to batter them with insinuation to shut them up and try to get them to admit wrongdoing and guilt, whether warranted or not. But that tactic was problematic in this situation because Jones is black.
So Melvin tried to marginalize Jones by asking, “Are you a paid campaign surrogate? Are you being compensated?”
But Representative Jones countered with a powerful response:
“Let me be clear. You get paid to shape a liberal narrative. You get paid to attack this president. I don’t get a dime for this president. I don’t get a dime from the campaign. Everything I’ve done has been me and based on my principles. See, that’s the problem… When an African-American…”
Melvin attempted to claim he didn’t ask that question because Jones is black, but Jones wasn’t going to let him off the hook. Jones continued,
“You only ask me that because I don’t fit your narrative. I don’t want anything from this president.”
“It’s what I can do for my country and you need to accept that many other African-Americans and others support this president because of his policies. And to insult me to say am I getting paid – that is disgraceful!”
“And that’s representative of MSNBC and their narrative to keep Blacks silent who happen to support this president.”
Jones stated he should be free to think independently to make up his mind and not be beholden solely to tow the party line.
But to the left, not toeing the party line demands harsh consequences. The offender needs to be pounded into submission. It is the strategy of The New Totalitarians of the Left. From the media to academics, one dares not step outside their tightly drawn lines for fear retaliation.
For example, the well known case of Bari Weiss v The New York Times or Andrew Sullivan’s departure from New York Magazine or James Bennet’s forced exit from The New York Times, to name some of the more popular recent examples.
A few examples from academia, Professor Gordon Klein at the UCLA Anderson School of Management or Professor Harold Uhlig at the University of Chicago or Lt Col Ajax Peris at UCLA, all marginalized for not staying within lines drawn by the left.
More fascinating examples of this dangerous practice presented here:
Representative Vernon Jones represented the people of his district quite well.