Vernon Jones, the self-proclaimed “Black Donald Trump,” made the comments on Steve Bannon’s podcast.
He claimed gay civil rights are not the same because “they can actually change”.
Jones, who is running for Georgia’s 10th District, is backed by former President Donald Trump.
Georgia Republican congressional candidate Vernon Jones said Thursday that black civil rights do not apply to gay people because “they can actually change” to become straight, HuffPost reported.
“Let me tell you, civil rights for black people and gay rights for gay people are two different things,” Jones said during an appearance on Steve Bannon’s “War Room” podcast.
“I don’t know what you are unless you tell me what you are if you’re gay, but when I walk into this room you can tell I’m black,” Jones said. “I’m black from the cradle to the grave. Let’s not get confused, but they can actually change.”
Jones also claimed that people can “go from being straight to being gay to being transgender and all these other genders.” He added: “But when you’re black, I have no choice. When did gay people come here on boats?”
Jones doubled down on that argument on Twitter, saying comparing being black to being gay is a “fucking lie.”
The Democrat-turned-Republican is running for Georgia’s 10th congressional district.
Jones, the self-proclaimed “black Donald Trump,” pledged his support for the former president when he was a Democrat in the state House of Representatives.
Election records, however, show that Jones voted for the Democratic Party on Election Day for the presidential primary, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Former President Donald Trump endorsed Jones in February, praising him as “a premier American fighter.”
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