Doug Jones: Trump shouldn't resign over sexual misconduct allegations

The winner of the Alabama special election, Senator-elect Doug Jones, says he's ready to move forward despite Roy Moo...

Posted: Dec 18, 2017 10:49 AM
Updated: Dec 18, 2017 10:49 AM

The winner of the Alabama special election, Senator-elect Doug Jones, says he's ready to move forward despite Roy Moore's refusal to concede the race.

Jones, a Democrat, told CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday morning that he's "ready to go regardless of whether (Moore) concedes or not."

Doug Jones says Trump should not resign

Jones says he's ready to move forward from the special election

"I say it's time to move on. Alabama has spoken," Jones added. "It was a close election, there is no question about that. But, you know, elections can be close sometimes. But now it's time to heal."

The senator-elect also said he doesn't agree with some in his party who say President Donald Trump should resign from office over the sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations against him, which Trump has denied.

"(T)hose allegations were made before the election, and so people had an opportunity to judge before that election," Jones said.

Jones is the first Democrat in a generation to win a Senate seat in Alabama, beating Moore amid a firestorm of allegations that the Republican candidate had sexually abused teenagers, claims which Moore has continually denied.

On Saturday, Moore's campaign sent out a fundraising email that appeared to bring the integrity of the election into question.

"This race is not over until the numerous reports of fraud have been investigated, all votes have been counted and the Alabama Secretary of State officially certifies the results," the email states. The campaign did not offer any evidence of irregularities in the email.

On Thursday, Moore released a video saying he will not concede the election until the Alabama secretary of state certifies the election, which is scheduled to happen no earlier than December 26 and no later than January 3.

The secretary of state, John Merrill, has said it is "highly unlikely" that Jones would not be certified as the winner of the election.

Working across the aisle, Trump allegations

When asked by "State of the Union" anchor Jake Tapper about National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Cory Gardner's statement Tuesday urging Jones to vote with the GOP, Jones said he's considering working with the Republican Party on some issues, including infrastructure.

"(O)ne of the problems in American politics right now, in my opinion, is that everybody thinks, because you're a member of one party or another, you're going to vote a certain way," Jones said. "And that should not be the case. I'm going to talk to people on both sides of the aisle, try to figure out what I think is in the best interests of my state and in the country. Now, don't expect me to vote solidly for Republicans or Democrats."

But Jones would not side with some Democratic senators, such as Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Cory Booker of New Jersey, who have called for Trump to resign over the allegations against him.

"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. "We will see how things go. But, certainly, those allegations are not new, and he was elected with those allegations at front and center."

Jones also said he agrees with former NBA player Charles Barkley, who said Democrats take the African-American and the "poor vote" for granted, adding that Jones' victory is "a wake-up call for Democrats."

"I think it's time that we start looking around," Jones said. "Alabama is a very diverse state."

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 666516

Reported Deaths: 12726
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion912711659
Lake48687890
Allen36102644
Hamilton32445398
St. Joseph30306514
Elkhart25510420
Vanderburgh21326382
Tippecanoe20220205
Johnson16466363
Porter16068281
Hendricks15944302
Clark12060182
Madison11799323
Vigo11685234
Monroe10419164
Delaware9891179
LaPorte9831199
Howard9112201
Kosciusko8597111
Bartholomew7522147
Hancock7462134
Warrick7451153
Floyd7263173
Wayne6661192
Grant6462158
Boone616691
Morgan6129128
Dubois5936112
Dearborn551270
Cass5485100
Marshall5451105
Henry542995
Noble513178
Jackson465567
Shelby463391
Lawrence4195113
Gibson405185
Harrison403265
Clinton397553
Montgomery391684
DeKalb387478
Miami358263
Knox357885
Whitley351238
Huntington349477
Steuben340055
Putnam333960
Wabash333176
Ripley327962
Adams325449
Jasper319143
White298152
Jefferson296274
Daviess285996
Fayette272756
Decatur271688
Greene262680
Posey261432
Wells259075
Scott251850
LaGrange242470
Clay241644
Randolph226077
Spencer219430
Jennings216744
Washington213027
Sullivan203739
Fountain202842
Starke189951
Owen183654
Fulton179737
Jay178728
Carroll176919
Perry174036
Orange171451
Rush165622
Vermillion161543
Franklin159935
Tipton149541
Parke140216
Pike128533
Blackford120627
Pulaski107644
Newton96832
Brown95340
Benton92413
Crawford92213
Martin80314
Warren75914
Switzerland7558
Union67510
Ohio54211
Unassigned0427

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 977736

Reported Deaths: 17501
CountyCasesDeaths
Franklin1129551251
Cuyahoga968561881
Hamilton738821067
Montgomery47506923
Summit40668831
Butler35827531
Lucas35779720
Stark29581826
Warren22574275
Lorain22190424
Mahoning19578551
Lake18545332
Clermont18519205
Delaware16597121
Licking15089194
Fairfield14644188
Trumbull14423424
Greene13659221
Medina13517237
Clark12376256
Wood11656170
Portage11127172
Allen10820216
Richland10372188
Miami10059194
Muskingum8238117
Columbiana8168210
Pickaway8094111
Tuscarawas8075232
Marion8020127
Wayne7933199
Erie6961146
Ross6173132
Geauga6114142
Hancock6030121
Scioto600488
Ashtabula5998154
Lawrence527586
Union516341
Darke5052116
Belmont4999137
Huron4859108
Jefferson4836137
Sandusky4798112
Washington474396
Seneca4734111
Athens466149
Mercer459781
Auglaize456582
Shelby442679
Knox4054105
Putnam400593
Madison395455
Fulton383161
Ashland382683
Brown374852
Defiance373788
Crawford360098
Logan357373
Preble353987
Clinton342455
Highland328451
Ottawa325371
Williams303568
Jackson291846
Champaign290949
Guernsey288845
Perry271148
Fayette269943
Morrow261437
Henry247861
Hardin247359
Holmes244497
Coshocton240756
Van Wert230157
Gallia223938
Adams218239
Pike217228
Wyandot212450
Hocking195054
Carroll182143
Paulding161034
Meigs136031
Noble129233
Monroe117237
Morgan102120
Harrison100731
Vinton76613
Unassigned00
Fort Wayne
Clear
29° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 18°
Feels Like: 24°
Angola
Clear
27° wxIcon
Hi: 44° Lo: 19°
Feels Like: 21°
Huntington
Partly Cloudy
30° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 20°
Feels Like: 26°
Fort Wayne
Clear
29° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 21°
Feels Like: 24°
Lima
Partly Cloudy
26° wxIcon
Hi: 45° Lo: 20°
Feels Like: 16°
Sunny Sunday
WFFT Radar
WFFT Temperatures
WFFT National

Community Events