KEY POINTS

  • Michigan State Rep. Karen Whitsett credited her COVID-19 recovery to Trump
  • Georgia state Rep. Vernon Jones supported Trump on criminal justice reform
  • Under fire from Democrats, Jones decided to resign but changed mind next day

Democrats claim to be the big tent party welcoming a diverse group of peoples. However, the party decided to lock some out in recent decades. Hillary Clinton referred to them as deplorables in 2016. States parties turned on two elected officials this month after they dared say something positive about the president.

The 13th Congressional District Democratic Party Organization in Michigan plans to vote Saturday on a resolution to censure Michigan State Representative Karen Whitsett, D-Detroit, a first-term lawmaker representing the 9th Michigan House District Gongwer News Service reported.

The state representative broke protocol by meeting with President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence during an April 14 meeting of COVID-19 survivors, during which she credited hydroxychloroquine for saving her life.

Trump has been pushing the malaria drug as a potential remedy for COVID-19 against the advice of his own health experts. A National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases panel recommended against doctors using a combination of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.

If it weren't for Trump, Whitsett said the drug wouldn't have been accessible to patients like her. Less than two hours after taking hydroxychloroquine, the lawmaker said she began feeling the first signs of relief.

The censure will cost Whitsett the organization's endorsement this election year and bar the lawmaker from participating in the group's activities for the next two election terms.

Earlier this week, Georgia state Rep. Vernon Jones said he is supporting Trump re-election bid. The lawmaker, a life-long Democrat, pointed to Trump's record on criminal justice reform, low levels of unemployment in the African American community (pre-coronavirus), as well as Trump's support for historically black colleges and universities as reasons for his support of the president.

Under fire from Georgia Democrats, Jones decided to resign Wednesday, but he changed his mind the next day, citing an outpouring of support that was too great for the Democratic lawmaker to ignore. Jones will stay in office..

The lawmaker was setting up for a rematch against Rhonda Taylor, the opponent he beat in 2016, at the Democratic primary slated for June 9. After his endorsement of Trump, Democrats from his state said that they were donating to Taylor's campaign. Jones said that he was withdrawing his re-election bid as well.

Jones also said that he would not leave his party despite quitting his term. Speaking on "The Rashad Richey Morning Show," the congressman said that he will remain with the Democrats to "hold them accountable to how they are treating black people,” the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.