In a surprising turn of events, Democratic Rep. Bernadine Kennedy Kent endorsed President Donald Trump on Tuesday instead of former Vice President Joe Biden.
Democrat Representative Goes Against Biden
Reports from The Cincinnati Enquirer reveal that the Ohio state representative has had tense relations with other Ohio Democrats over the years.
“Not only am I Black, I am a proud American and delighted to endorse President Trump for re-election,” Kennedy Kent, who represents Ohio’s 25th District, wrote in her endorsement posted to the president’s 2020 campaign website. “Furthermore, I am honored to share with people my intent to vote for him and spread the word on the value of his leadership and his dedication to the American people.”
— Jeremy Pelzer (@jpelzer) September 29, 2020
Biden the Divider
Despite being a Democrat, Kent said her “values” align more with Trump than with Biden’s divisive agenda.
She went on to discuss “Joe Biden’s divisive rhetoric, promotion of mass incarceration, and disrespectful, insensitive ideologies that substantiates his infamous comment ‘…if you’re still deciding between me and Trump, then you ain’t Black…’ during an interview on a popular African American radio program earlier this year.”
Kennedy Kent’s husband is also “a lifelong Democrat,” and is on the same page of endorsing President Trump according to another press release.
“Under President Trump’s leadership, Black Americans have experienced record unemployment and the poverty rate among the Black community has fallen to its lowest level in U.S. history,” she wrote in the release. She praised Trump’s “willingness to listen to” Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., “and the concerns of invested citizens from diverse communities in economic distress.
Today, another Black Democrat State Rep endorsed President @realDonaldTrump
“…Not only am I Black, I am a proud American & delighted to endorse President Trump for re-election. Furthermore, I am honored to share with people my intent to vote for…” @REPBKKENT #PlatinumPlan pic.twitter.com/QaQbI1DoKf
— PARIS (@PARISDENNARD) September 29, 2020
The politician was voted out of the state’s House Democratic Caucus in 2018 after serving two years. She was blocked from the Statehouse after she sent out a letter on the official Ohio Legislative Black Caucus letterhead without permission.
Scandal Hits Politician
Kent Kennedy is not planning on reelection in 2020 and said that House Democrats’ “muddied mistreatment and unlawful action” as the reason why she left the party.
“Following my traumatic experience on May  caught on Statehouse security video, my husband proclaimed his intent to vote for President Trump and walked away from the Democrat Party,” she wrote in her release.
While many swampy Republicans such as Mitt Romney have left conservative ideals behind to become never Trumpers, there have also been many top Democrats who have publicly put out endorsements for President Trump.