During a recent MAGA rally in Macon, Georgia, State Representative Vernon Jones became the subject of widespread criticism after crowd surfing the unmasked throng of people.
Surfing with @realDonaldTrump #deplorables and #PeacefulProtesters in Macon, GA. Put Georgia in the win column. We… https://t.co/rCiNrmjShq— Vernon Jones (@Vernon Jones)1602899558.0
Jones, who was also unmasked, was the latest in a long line of Trump supporters to completely ignore CDC guidelines and contribute to the possible spread of the virus.
Georgia state Rep. Vernon Jones took his commitment to defying COVID-19 guidelines to a new level late Friday by cr… https://t.co/uuuDfn8VSP— The Daily Beast (@The Daily Beast)1602892042.0
On Twitter, Jones refused to apologize for his behavior and lashed out against the "haters."
Yes, I surfed that crowd! To the haters - stay mad! You’ll be even more mad come November 3rd!— Vernon Jones (@Vernon Jones)1602909648.0
The internet responded by reminding Jones of Herman Cain, who also felt it was safe to attend a Trump rally without a mask and later died due to the virus.
I tried to be loving and restrained when Herman Cain passed away, but do not ask me to be sympathetic to this clown… https://t.co/H8mbjJA8rM— Keith Boykin (@Keith Boykin)1602900960.0
Herman Cain is watching Vernon Jones crowd surf for Trump 👀 https://t.co/rP0tSNtlVu https://t.co/Ww0fEufFNy— Peacediva 😷 (@Peacediva 😷)1602893919.0
So this just happened m Rep Vernon Jones crowd surfing in Macon GA @ Trump rally. He knows what happened to Herman… https://t.co/F1jg3NOWGi— Dr. 💯Real PhD in reality (@Dr. 💯Real PhD in reality)1602891559.0
220,000 Americans have now been killed by the virus, which appears to be peaking once more as Americans move inside during colder weather.
But to Vernon Jones, potential deaths are less important than crowd surfing.
"Georgia Politician Vernon Jones Crowdsurfs Sans Mask at Trump Rally" Trump supporters are so f*cking stupid. https://t.co/X4YGikq4bm— Craig Rozniecki (@Craig Rozniecki)1602895283.0
@thedailybeast Smh. He must have missed the recent CDC guidelines... there is definitely still a pandemic and the numbers are increasing.— Cordelia Ruth (@Cordelia Ruth)1602902170.0
@thedailybeast Gonna be a super spreader event! Politicians setting bad examples for our nation!— Lynda L Wilkerson (@Lynda L Wilkerson)1602942406.0
Jones described himself as "an independent thinker and a conservative Democrat who supports faith-based initiatives, tough immigration laws and fiscal responsibility."
He is registered as a "Democrat" despite campaigning for President Donald Trump and twice voting for George W. Bush.
@thedailybeast @hierophantess i'm old enough to remember when this was not normal.— little grey mouse, doctor ephemeri of rat poo. (@little grey mouse, doctor ephemeri of rat poo.)1602895612.0
@thedailybeast you've gotta be kidding me.— Is that Pierre Cardin? (@Is that Pierre Cardin?)1602896188.0
After seeing the photos, many believed it was only a matter of time before cases of the virus were linked to Trump's event.
@thedailybeast And now we wait for the announcement. https://t.co/KwwNrYFjRh— Nora Griffith (@Nora Griffith)1602903627.0
@thedailybeast @kathygriffin Me if this guy becomes the next Herman Cain https://t.co/LCJESuCBVp— UnknownSportsGuy (@UnknownSportsGuy)1602899513.0
With a global pandemic taking lives every day, true leaders model responsible behavior and encourage their followers to do the same.