Tuesday night was a momentous one, to say the least. It proved that the people of Alabama, and really of the United States as a whole, won’t be taken in by some perverted Trump shill just because he makes himself out to be a “good Republican.” For the first time in decades, the people of Alabama elected a Democrat — Doug Jones — to the U.S. Senate, rejecting the credibly accused pedophile and all around ridiculously belligerent Republican Roy Moore.
Numerous prominent national interests cast their support behind Jones in the lead-up to the election, and these interests weighed in on his victory on Twitter, which exploded across the board Tuesday night with the news of Jones’ victory.
The widely beloved former Vice President and possible 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is one of those who weighed in, writing:
‘Doug Jones. Thank you, Alabama. You’ve elected a man of incredible integrity, grit, and character. A fighter for working class and middle class Alabamians. He is going to make you proud in the Senate.’
Biden appeared at a rally with Jones at one point, and on the last day before the election, a robocall was put into service using his voice. Biden also lent his email list to the Jones campaign.
Jones’ victory came after Roy Moore enjoyed a seemingly brief last-minute resurgence prompted by the president throwing his support behind him. After the national GOP stayed away from Moore for a bit following the first credible allegations against him of preying on young people, Trump took it upon himself to offer a passionate endorsement of Moore, dismissing the seriousness of the allegations against him just like he’s dismissed the allegations against himself as “Fake news!”
As for his own allegations, Trump claims to have essentially never had any contact with the women who accuse him of misconduct, but that’s demonstrably untrue. For example, People magazine posted an image in response to the president’s tweet including both him and the magazine’s former correspondent Natasha Stoynoff, who is one of those accusing him of assault.
As Biden indicates, there are more reasons to be happy about Jones’ election than just the fact that he’s not credibly accused of the sorts of crimes Moore and Trump are accused of.
Jones, as had been widely noted, successfully prosecuted two KKK members for their involvement in a bombing that killed multiple people, while Moore is noted for things like secretly putting up a Ten Commandments statue and then getting kicked off of the state Supreme Court. There is, of course, a real difference there between the two candidates, as Biden points out in his tweet. It’s not necessarily as though Jones is just “not Roy Moore” and that’s why he won.
Besides Biden’s support, Jones also enjoyed the support of Barack Obama, Cory Booker, and Deval Patrick among others in the final lead-up to the election.
Jones’ victory makes it seem that much more likely that someone like Biden will really be able to pull off a victory in the 2020 presidential race against Trump.
It’s not as though Trump is very popular among Americans, to begin with.
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