Pro-Trump Democrat Introduces Bill to Make Attacking Trump Supporters a ‘Hate Crime’

Georgia State Rep. Vernon Jones announces new legislation
 and as we return to the legislature next week i ll be introducing legislation that ll make it such nernon said

‘And as we return to the legislature next week, I’ll be introducing legislation that’ll make it such,’ Nernon said

Democrat Georgia State Rep. Vernon Jones announced he would be introducing a new bill that would make it a “hate crime” to assault someone based on their actual or perceived political party, and that includes Trump supporters.Rep. Jones tweeted that he’s seen “countless” examples of attacks on the president’s supporters.“Let’s call this what it is: a hate crime,”

Jones said on Twitter.“I’ve watched countless videos of Trump supporters getting attacked in the streets simply due to their support of @realDonaldTrump.””And as we return to the legislature next week, I’ll be introducing legislation that’ll make it such.”In April, Jones announced he was stepping down from office a week after he endorsed President Donald Trump for re-election, which sparked a spate of harassment and attacks from fellow Democrats.

Jones tweeted that attacking someone wearing a MAGA hat, or any politically-motivated attack, will be defined as a “hate crime” by his bill:“Political affiliation should be a protected class, right alongside race, gender, and religion, and my legislation will do just that.””Making any politically motivated attack a HATE CRIME. Wearing a MAGA hat should never endanger your life.”

An announcement on the Georgia House website reads:“The Jones Amendment will be modeled after legislation that Rep. Jones previously introduced, House Bill 1120, before the 2020 legislative session was suspended due to COVID-19.”

The Georgia House Bill 1120 states a defendant is subject to addition “hate crime” punishment if he or she “intentionally selected any victim or group of victims or any property as the object of the offense because of the actual or perceived political beliefs or political associations of such victim or group of victims.

”(a) Subject to the notice requirement provided in Code Section 17-10-18 and in enhancement of the penalty imposed pursuant thereto, if the trier of fact determines beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant intentionally selected any victim or group of victims or any property as the object of the offense because of the actual or perceived political beliefs or political associations of such victim or group of victims, the judge imposing sentence shall:

(1) If the offense for which the defendant was convicted is a misdemeanor, impose a sentence of imprisonment for a period of not less than three nor more than 12 months and a fine not to exceed $10,000,

(2) If the offense for which the defendant was convicted is a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature, impose a sentence of imprisonment for a period of not less than six nor more than 12 months and a fine not to exceed $5,000.00; or

(3) If the offense for which the defendant was convicted is a felony, impose a sentence of imprisonment for a period of not less than two years.(b) The judge shall state when he or she imposes the sentence the amount of the increase of the sentence based upon the application of subsection (a) of this Code section.

(c) It shall be an affirmative defense to an enhancement of penalty under this Code section if the underlying offense for which an individual was convicted was solely the result of a sudden, violent, and irresistible passion resulting from serious provocation sufficient to excite such passion in a reasonable person.

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