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    Georgia state Representative Vernon Jones, a maverick Democrat who has declared support for President Trump, drew fire for not wearing a protective mask against the COVID-19 virus as he was carried bodily over a sea of MAGA hats at a rally in Macon.

    Photos of a black Democrat state congressman crowd-surfing at US President Donald Trump's rally in Georgia have gone viral.

    Vernon Jones has declared his support for the Republican president's re-election despite sitting a Democrat member of the state House of Representatives.

    He was photographed being carried across the enthusiastic crowd at the big Trump rally in Macon, Georgia on Friday before the president took the stage.

    ​Some Twitter users pointed out that neither Jones nor most of the densely-packed crowd were wearing masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus. One recalled the fate of black Georgia conservative businessman Herman Cain, who died of the virus in July this year.

    But others revelled in Jones' rock concert-stule antics as the photos went 'viral'.

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    US Election 2020, coronavirus, COVID-19, Republican Party, Democratic Party, Macon, Georgia, Donald Trump
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