Alabama Democratic Senator-elect Doug Jones stunned a flustered Jake Tapper of CNN in a recent interview by defending President Trump.
In fact, Jones told Tapper that he rejects Democrats’ calls for Trump to resign, saying that the President should remain in office.
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WASHINGTON — Democratic Sen.-elect Doug Jones says he doesn’t think President Donald Trump should resign over allegations of sexual misconduct, echoing the White House’s position that voters have already spoken on the issue.
“I don’t think the president ought to resign at this point. We’ll see how things go, but certainly those allegations are not new, and he was elected with those allegations at front center,” said Jones, whose upset win in last week’s Alabama special election was due in large part to allegations that his Republican opponent, 70-year-old Roy Moore, had engaged in sexual misconduct with teenage girls as a deputy district attorney in his 30s.
During the 2016 campaign, Trump himself faced multiple accusations of sexual harassment from women he branded as liars. In recent weeks, however, Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, has said the women deserve to be heard, and a group of Democratic senators including Kirsten Gillibrand of New York have called on Trump to resign.
But on Sunday, Jones noted that the accusations against Trump had surfaced before the 2016 presidential election.
“I think we need to move on and not get distracted by those issues,” said Jones, a 63-year-old former prosecutor who became the first Democrat elected to represent Alabama in the Senate in a quarter-century. “Let’s get on with the real issues that are facing people of this country right now.”