I am very unhappy that I didn’t know the following. I am very grateful that I learned what appears below. I take note that I never knew these things all this time.
From this article (frontpagemag), by Bruce Thornton:
[Jim] Jones was a psychopathic totalitarian––he once said the “USSR is our spiritual motherland”–– who sexually abused and tortured his flock in San Francisco, fled to Guyana with nearly a thousand mostly black church members to escape a criminal investigation, and in 1979 perpetrated the largest mass suicide in history. But Jones had sterling left-wing credentials. He opposed the Vietnam War, and preached the racialist narrative of black oppression by racist whites, gaining black radicals Angela Davis and Huey Newton as comrades. He fired up his some 3000 devotees by saying “I come as God Socialist” and “What is your god? Communism!” Most important he could deliver busloads of voters to rallies and the voting booth, endearing him to Democratic politicians like mayor George Moscone, whom Jones helped get elected.
But Jones’ political supports went far beyond San Francisco. A rally in 1976 co-sponsored with Black Muslims featured L.A. mayor Tom Bradley and California Lieutenant Governor Mervyn Dymally. He received gushing fan mail from Jane Fonda and First Lady Roslyn Carter, with whom he appeared at the dedication of the Carter-Mondale campaign headquarters, and who thanked him for his politically correct views on Cuba. Future San Francisco mayor Willie Brown introduced Jones at a tribute by calling him “a combination of Martin Luther King, Angela Davis, Albert Einstein, Chairman Mao.” Other fans included then Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare Joseph Califano, and Senators Walter Mondale and Hubert Humphrey. The Los Angeles Herald Examiner called him the “Humanitarian of the Year.”