Monday, December 18, 2017

Doug Jones' comments about Donald Trump and Senate Republicans indicate he's already planning to sell out black, female voters who put him in office



Donald Trump should not resign from office over sexual harassment and assault allegations, newly elected Alabama U.S. Senator Doug Jones said in an interview yesterday on CNN's State of the Union. This is the same Jones who said during his campaign against Roy Moore that former Minnesota Senator Al Franken, a Democrat, should resign over sex-related allegations that seem far less serious than those leveled at Trump.

In the same interview, Jones said he likely would vote with Senate Republicans on certain issues, listing an upcoming infrastructure bill as one possibility. "Don't expect me to vote solidly for Republicans or Democrats . . . ," Jones said. "I don't think anybody should be able to count on my vote for anything."

What's going on here? Regular readers of Legal Schnauzer know what's going on. Not even a week has passed since the election -- and Jones hasn't been installed in office, and he is proving that our reporting on his right-wing leanings are on target.

How goofy are Jones' comments about Trump? Jones essentially is saying the most corrupt president in U.S. history, who has admitted to being a sexual predator, should be allowed off the hook on those issues. From a report at Huffington Post:

Doug Jones said it’s time for his fellow Democrats to “move on” from focusing on the numerous sexual misconduct allegations against President Donald Trump.

Jones narrowly won Alabama’s Senate race last week, defeating Republican Roy Moore, whose campaign was rocked by allegations he molested underage girls decades ago. On CNN’s “State of the Union” program on Sunday, Jones said Americans had a chance to decide whether the allegations against Trump mattered before the 2016 presidential election.

″People had an opportunity to judge before that election,” Jones said. “I think we need to move on and not get distracted by those issues.”

“I don’t think the president ought to resign at this point,” he continued. “We’ll see how things go.”

So, Jones wants to put the Trump sex scandals behind us, but here is what he said about Al Franken just 12 days ago:

The Democrat in Alabama’s heated Senate election says it is time for Minnesota Sen. Al Franken to “step aside and let’s move on.”

Doug Jones made the comments while greeting volunteers at a campaign phone bank in downtown Birmingham.

“Initially this was part of a Senate Ethics Committee. It seems to me now that we’re at a point that it would be best for the country and what would be best for his constituents is for Sen. Franken to step aside and let’s move on,” Jones told reporters.

Why would Jones call for Al Franken to resign, while seeking to let Donald Trump off the hook? That's an easy one to answer. Franken was the No. 1 thorn in the side of Trump attorney general and former Alabama U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions. And Jones' most important base of support -- financial and otherwise -- comes from Alabama Republicans connected to Jeff Sessions. This is a clear sign that Jones, even before taking office, is serving the interests of his Republican benefactors -- while more or less saying, "The hell with black voters who put me in office."

Those statements about Trump and Franken sound like they came from Jones' Republican handlers -- and we've presented evidence that he has handlers from the right wing. We published multiple posts during the campaign, showing that Jones is closely aligned with Alabama GOP operative Rob Riley (son of former governor Bob Riley). Jones and Rob Riley joined forces to help generate $51 million in attorney fees from a HealthSouth lawsuit, and that money reportedly helped Jones' 2017 campaign get off the ground; when he ran for U.S. Senate in 2002, his campaign was stillborn because of fund-raising problems.

Our posts (see here, here, here, and here) also showed that Jones drew strong support from other Republican stalwarts, such as Karl Rove, Jeff Sessions, Tom Donohue (U.S. Chamber of Commerce) and Bill Canary (Business Council of Alabama). Jones rode into office on the backs of black voters, especially black women, but the CNN interview is the first sign that he will answer to what many call the corrupt "Alabama Gang."

This likely will be the first of many times that Jones sells out his black supporters.

Alabama opposition researcher and whistle blower Jill Simpson was highly critical of Jones during the campaign, repeatedly saying he is an ethically challenged, backstabbing, DINO (Democrat In Name Only). The signs of Jones' dubious integrity are easy to find: (1) He called off an investigation of Paul Bryant Jr. and Alabama Reassurance after the company had been found during a Pennsylvania trial to have been connected to at least $15 million in insurance fraud; (2) Jones charged former Alabama governor Don Siegelman $300,000 for a criminal defense, did very little work on it and bailed out before trial because of Jones' scheduling conflict, and apparently did not return a dime of that money.

Jones, in essence, stole money from Don Siegelman and covered up for money stolen from insureds that involved Alabama Re and Philadelphia lawyer and entrepreneur Allen W. Stewart. Yesterday's interview with CNN's Jake Tapper likely is the first sign that Doug Jones' mask slowly is being peeled back.

We tried to warn Alabama voters about the scoundrel who was running opposite Roy Moore, but the message didn't seem to get through. Perhaps now, voters will start seeing they should have a serious case of "buyer's remorse" when it comes to Doug Jones.

What is Jones really all about? Here is a reminder, via the words of Jill Simpson:

What a hoot, I have never seen anything like this -- the Karl Rove, Tom Donohue, and Bill Canary Chamber of Commerce types claim they are staying out of the Moore/Jones race, when secretly they have all hands on deck helping Doug Jones. Doug is the Chamber of Commerce candidate in Alabama. Many progressives in Alabama have been viciously mistreated by the chamber, so that will not bode well for Doug. Many progressives have even been investigated by the chamber for working against Republicans, but by golly, the corporate guys are not helping Roy the Republican this time. Right now, it is all out war between Rove Republican elites -- Doug Jones is their guy -- and the Bannon Religious Right/White Republicans, and Roy Moore is their guy from the South and Heartland. . . .

The Rove Republicans behind the scenes are doing everything they can to help Doug Jones, and if he gets elected, he will owe them, just like they owe him for saving Rove from having to testify under oath -- by cooking the deal between the Riley/Sessions crowd and [Eric] Holder.

It's been proven over and over that Jill Simpson knows what she is talking about. The Tapper interview likely will be the first of many back-stabbings for the black voters who put Doug Jones into office

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Eliza Battle also reported that they would try to disqualify Roy Moore and that Jones would win and vote Republican.

Anonymous said...

So Jones wants Trump to get a free pass on sexual assault? Maybe we ought to listen to what the victims have to say about that.

Anonymous said...

This has to make the women who put Jones in office feel awfully good about their vote.

Anonymous said...

Nice job, Alabama voters. You gave us a "Democrat" who supports Donald Trump and trashes Al Franken. Just what the country needs.

Anonymous said...

Don't worry, folks. Rob Riley was holding up the cue cards for Jones to read during the CNN interview.

Anonymous said...

Jones seems to think U.S. voters "decided" to put Trump in office. Is Jones brain dead? He's never heard of Vladimir Putin?

Anonymous said...

Alabama hasn't elected an honest politician in years. Doug Jones obviously isn't going to be the start of a new trend.

Anonymous said...

Just a horrible interview by Jones. I don't think Tapper was even trying to be all that tough with his questions, and Jones still couldn't handle it.

Anonymous said...

I'm not black, and I'm not a woman, but if I were a black woman who voted for Doug Jones, I would be seriously pissed.

Anonymous said...

"I don't think anybody should be able count on my vote for anything."


This has to be one of the great quotes in political history. Does Jones have any idea how bad that sounds? Apparently, he doesn't.

Anonymous said...

Jill Simpson hit this one out of the park. So did Legal Schnauzer.

Bravo!

This is the site where you can learn about political news before it happens.

legalschnauzer said...

@1:37 --

Jill Simpson and I have been studying Doug Jones for quite some time -- more than 10 years for both of us. He might fool Alabama voters, and he might fool national Democrats, but he hasn't fooled us.

Jones hasn't fooled Don Siegelman either, but the former guv apparently thought it was not in his best interests to open up in a truthful way about Jones.

Anonymous said...

"Don't expect me to vote solidly for Republicans or Democrats."


I voted for Jones in the Democratic primary, and this quote makes me seethe. It also makes me want to take my vote back.

Anonymous said...

Doug Jones comes across in the CNN interview as . . . well, not too bright. I suspect this won't be the last interview where he sounds like a dunce and insults the voters who put him in office.

Anonymous said...

Jones had a few too many margaritas in his celebration with Jimmy Buffett.

Anonymous said...

Welp, Jones's time as a shining star for Southern Dems lasted about six days. That's pretty good.

Anonymous said...

Dems made a horrible mistake by attacking Al Franken. They will make an even bigger mistake if they jump in bed with Doug Jones.

Anonymous said...

I wonder who paid for Doug's party down in Key West.

Anonymous said...

HuffPo has a piece ripping Doug Jones a new one for bailing out on women:

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dear-senator-elect-doug-jones-do-your-job-and-stand_us_5a37ecd6e4b0e7f1200cfd22

Senator-Elect Jones, you haven’t even taken office yet and you are already selling out women who have been sexually harassed. Let me remind you that less than a week ago, you narrowly won an election in a deep-red state that voted for Donald Trump by a 28-point margin. Do you know why you won this race against an alleged pedophile who has been accused of sexually assaulting teenage girls? Because of Councilwoman Sheila Tyson and other black women who rallied and organized a ferocious GOTV campaign to support you across Alabama.

Sitting down with CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday morning, you were asked “In the wake of Al Franken’s resignation, some of your democratic colleagues have been calling for President Trump to resign because of the allegations against him, including Senator Cory Booker, Democratic [Senator] of NJ, who recently campaigned for you in Alabama. Do you agree with Senator Booker that President Trump should resign because of these allegations?”

Your response was:

“I think at this point we need to move on and try and work with some real issues that are facing this country and not worrying about getting at odds with the President anymore than we have to.” . . .

legalschnauzer said...

@2:17 --

Thanks for sharing. Here is a great response to the HuffPo article from Jill Simpson:

It appears reality is setting in Doug lied to y'all about zero tolerance of sexual misconduct and now y'all folks are going to be getting to deal with the Doug F××ker we have been dealing with for years all that bs he told you we tried to tell you was bullshit just to get elected he will do anything with and for his gang of crooks . He worked the whole time the Resistance was trying to free Siegelman with the other side. y'all can't imagine the meanest he and the gang of thugs called the Alabama Gang did to me and many others in the Alabama Resistance who are progressives who tried to free progressive leaders these aholes locked up Y'all see Doug is the great pretender and well he has already cut his first deal to let Trump off the hook from having to resign due to sexual misconduct but folks he is going to be stopped by all of y'all this time or Trump is going to get off.. The one thing I always knew about this race is that all his lies would indeed come out as we knew he could not hide for ever he is a man without integrity or a moral compass. Folks are fixing to see we were not joking about what we told you about him and he is a double crosser who just double crossed every woman in America who was wanting Trump to resign and supported him. The guy is not about Zero tolerance like we are folks. His and Riley buddies gang of thugs called the Alabama Gang punished me unmerciful for removing Judge Fuller from the bench by demanding zero tolerance from a a judge who cruell beat his wife and happen to be the corrupt judge in the Siegel.an case as well and we are going have to show them we are not going put up with anything less than zero tolerance of sexual misconduct or they win. I might add Doug I think has miscalculated you ladies meant business about no leaders committing sexual misconduct only in large number will you beat his gang of thugs that protect Trump. So here is your chance let him hear your roar ladies. Just as an aside the night he won they played the dirty version "Teach me the Dougie " that has the line about how "all the bitches want to fuck him " well now is your chance but not in the way he meant it. Y'all sadly have elected a sexist pig. When I came forward he use to say behind my back while I was trying to free Siegelman and lost everything "that Jill Simpson isn't ready for primetime" but "I persisted anyway " no matter what they threw at me as I knew the day would come for us to say no to this guy who pretended to be on our side but was not . Doug he is a Dino fraudster and we are going to see it comes out. Everytime he speaks y'all are going to start seeing he is a Democrat in name only alined with the Republicans of the Karl Rove Alabama gang. The Alabama Resistance decided so y'all know to disband since we wanted folks to see how Dougie runs the party in the ground and we did not want to be blamed for it so now we share it is y'all's turn to grab back your party and say hell no to guy the republicans ran in your primary and fooled you with. We will stand with you as Allies but y'all voted for him so he is y'alls to make do right.

legalschnauzer said...

Excellent Facebook comment from Jill Simpson re: today's Legal Schnauzer post:


Roger did a great job letting the Citizens of Alabama know what we are dealing with when it comes to Jones. He also picked up a little of a statement I made on facebooks weeks ago. What is so outrageous to me is Doug used the list serve of Siegelman to let folks think he is a good guy. I tried to warn folks on that list by making statements on my facebook to let them know we knew those folks sold out years ago to Jones ( Riley Bunch) and by doing that is in the pocket of his Riley buddies. He used his money to buy folks out but never could buy me nor Shuler bunch we know the truth about him and been seeing it told for years. As we move forward watching Jones folks are going to see a lot of strange things out of him that we will attempt to help explain from what we know . Yep just like that DIno Doug Jones announced Trump should not be forced to resign for pussy grabbing as he proudly admitted on tape. Trump has 22 alledged victims and the Republicans told Doug to say no need for him to resign and now all Alabama is in shock but we are not we knew he would sell Democrats out. In the weeks leading up to election we heard they the elite republicans intend on making Doug into this great white savior republican Dino puppet and running him for VP or President on the Democratic ticket against Trump in 2020. Supposedly since the Rove bunch can't win in all their elections anymore as some of their folks know they are crooks they are going to be running candidates in both the democratic primaries and republican primaries doubling down so other state folks need to be watching closely as your not going to get true democratic candidates unless you demand them. I might add due to Doug outrageous money he made sueing Scrushy by sending Scrushy and Siegelman to jail we could not compete with his bullshit in the primary nor could even Roy Moore republicans. . I might add the Obama Holder machine that got in bed with Rove Canary and Donohue over the TPP deal got their voters to turn out for this Dino so folks y'all need to watch closely as you are going to learn the Elites at the Chamber of Commerce are attempting now to own both sides. Doug is the first of their joint effort of candidates that their CIA bunch is pushing with the Rove, Sessions, Donohue Obama, Clinton, Holder, & Biden Team all behind him. It is the tops of the parties joining for the 1% to push their candidates and try to get us to vote for the 1% guy. So with that with much merriment and joy we will show you all he does that let's the cat out of the big he isn't working for the folks that sent him to DC. After how many folks from the black belt don't want truth forced to resign?

Anonymous said...

@2:05 --

Anyone who jumps in bed with Doug Jones these days is likely to wind up with an "STD," transmitted by Rob Riley, via Liberty Duke. Ick . . . ick . . . ick. . .

It might a political STD or the real kind. Probably can get both from Rob Riley and/or Liberty Duke.

Anonymous said...

Call me a weirdo, but if I vote for a Democrat, I think I'm entitled to expect that at least most of his votes will fall somewhere in the general vicinity of Democrat ideology.

Had Jones said during the campaign that I couldn't count on his vote for anything, I wouldn't have voted for him.

legalschnauzer said...

@2:48 --

You make a great point. Jones' statement might be the most insulting political comment I've ever heard. It shows he has no respect for the voters who put him in office. It also shows he has no core principles, doesn't really stand for anything. He's all about what plays for Doug Jones and his elitist white supporters.

Anonymous said...

One reason you can't count on Doug Jones' vote for anything is that he won't know how he will vote until Rob Riley tells him.