In a surprising departure from other congressional Democrats, Doug Jones refuses to call for President Trump to resign. In fact, Alabama’s new senator-elect wants his fellow Democrats to focus on the issues, not on attacking the President.
In an interview with CNN’s “State of the Union” today, Jones seemed dismissive of the outrage Democrats are directing the President’s way over past sexual harassment allegations. He pointed out that the allegations are nothing new, and Trump was elected even though the voters were well aware of the accusations against him.
In addition to refusing to call for President Trump to resign, Jones even remarked he would be open to voting with Republicans if the situation called for it. Any attempt at bipartisanship for Jones would be a smart move in the very-red Alabama, especially considering he will face re-election in two short years.
“You know, Jake where I am on that right now is that those allegations were made before the election,” Jones told CNN anchor Jake Tapper. “And so people had an opportunity to judge before that election. I think we need to move on and not get distracted by those issues. Let’s get on with the real issues that are facing the people of this country right now.”
Jones won the special election for Attorney General Jeff Sessions‘ former Senate seat against his opponent Roy Moore, who was battling accusations of sexual misconduct with minors. With heavy support from Alabama black voters, Jones is the first Democratic senator to be elected from the state in about 25 years.
Moore has refused to concede the election, despite repeated calls from leadership to do so.
“It’s time to move on,” Jones said Sunday. “Alabama has spoken.”
Here is video of Jones’ interview with Jake Tapper.