It hasn’t even been a full week since Doug Jones won the Alabama Senate special election, and he’s already giving some of his supporters buyer’s remorse.
Last week, Jones defeated controversial former judge and accused pedophile Roy Moore on the strength of high voter turnout and support–particularly from Black Alabama voters who voted for Jones at a rate of 97% (Black women) and 92% (Black men). Jones also got 35% of the White female vote in the state.
But Jones upset many of his supporters this past Sunday when he said he doesn’t believe President Donald Trump should resign over accusations that he allegedly sexually assaulted women. Jones’s reasoning: the 2016 election outcome proved the allegations were old news and a non-factor.
“(T)hose allegations were made before the election, and so people had an opportunity to judge before that election,” Jones told CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday morning.
Most national Democrats, including Senators Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, have said Trump needs to resign over the allegations.
Jones said that he would rather focus on “real issues”. That comment drew the ire of many women who took that to mean Jones doesn’t thinks sexual assault is a “real issue”.
“Let’s get on with the real issues that are facing people of this country right now, and I don’t think that the President ought to resign at this point,” Jones said.
That comment drew widespread criticism on social media. Some folks now believe Jones pulled a switcheroo on voters and is really a Republican disguised as a Democrat–and could even switch parties once he’s in Washington.
@GDouglasJones you won in Alabama because a blue wave of people got up against trump and voted. Those people don’t expect you to roll over and Aya going on in the White House. He broke the law so don’t protect the tyrant. #ImpeachNow
— ʍαմɾεεη ❄️❄️❄️ (@MaureenJungblut) December 18, 2017
Black voters delivered for Doug Jones. But stop thanking us—and start asking why whites didn’t https://t.co/1WxvL7XV8O
— Jennifer Ethridge❄️Ω (@jethridge71) December 18, 2017
You won the Ala. Senate Race bc good men & women (esp. Black Women) voted 4U & now you have the nerve to tell your Female constituents & Congress to move on from trump sexual harassment allegations? Your win has rendered YOU clueless. @GDouglasJones
— Lola Alvetia (@CoolGirlFusion) December 18, 2017