Democrat Doug Jones defeats Roy Moore in Alabama race, dealing setback to Trump

Democrat defeats Roy Moore in Alabama race, dealing setback to Trump

Doug Jones

Doug Jones has become the first Democrat in 25 years to win a US Senate seat for Alabama after a bitter campaign against Republican Roy Moore.

His unexpected victory deals a blow to President Donald Trump, who backed Mr Moore, and narrows the Republican majority in the Senate to 51-49.   

With 99% of the votes counted, Mr Moore refused to concede on Tuesday night.

He fought a controversial campaign, in which allegations surfaced of sexual misconduct with teenage girls.  Mr Moore denied the claims.

The president congratulated Mr Jones in a tweet shortly after US media declared him the winner, adding that “Republicans will have another shot at this seat in a very short period of time”


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  • Clyde Duncan  On 12/13/2017 at 1:23 am

    Does anybody believe this tweet was written by the Complainer-in-Chief …. ??

    The Victim-in-Chief-Trump ????

    “Congratulations to Doug Jones on a hard fought victory.
    The write-in votes played a very big factor, but a win is a win.
    The people of Alabama are great, and the Republicans will
    have another shot at this seat in a very short period of time. It never ends!”

    I will be the Cynic-in-Chief – I don’t believe it.

  • Clyde Duncan  On 12/14/2017 at 2:07 pm

    In Alabama, Black Women Saved America From Itself

    – as they’ve always tried to do

    Charlene White | The Guardian UK

    African-American women came out in droves and voted 98% against Roy Moore, preventing what could have been a huge wrong

    Black women have been trying to save America from itself for generations.

    So the breakdown of who voted in Alabama’s Senate election this week come as no surprise. Since as far back as the 19th century, African American women have been fighting for civil rights; they have always been front and centre in terms of mobilising support for equality and justice. Though it would not be surprising if you’ve never heard their stories – by and large black female trailblazers have tended to be erased from history.

    But that marginalisation has never stopped their continued fight for justice and equality. In Alabama, 2% of them voted for Roy Moore, a man who – among other things – is accused of assaulting teenage girls.

    And yet 63% of white women voted for Roy Moore.

    But there’s form here. Despite allegations of sexual impropriety against Donald Trump during the 2016 election race, 53% of white women voted for him to become president, compared to 3% of black women.

    So the figures reflect that in Alabama, overwhelming numbers of white American women opened their arms to an alleged paedophile and gave him their votes.

    Whereas those black women in Alabama voted for change for their families and themselves in a part of America that has huge numbers of people in poverty (nationally, more than 28% of African-American women live in poverty – higher than the corresponding figures for white or Hispanic women).

    And to keep out of office a man whose list of alleged sexual misdemeanours is ever growing.

    African-American men did that, too. Exit polls show that 6% of black men voted for Moore – compared to 72% of white men.

    But it’s African-American women who have largely been ignored in history.

    It’s their political power that tends to be ignored, and the feminist movement tends to erase. Figures such as Sojourner Truth, Ida B Wells-Barnett and Mary McLeod Bethune fought for so much, and yet are heard of so little.

    What is surprising though is that in the era of the #MeToo movement, white women in Alabama didn’t see the accusations of underage sexual conduct as enough of a reason not to put someone in office. In fact I watched one woman defend her choice with these words:

    “I’m sure God had forgiven him [Moore] so I forgive him too and will vote for him. Who am I to go against God?”

    History will not look favourably on this era in America. In the midst of all this you’ve got black women who are trying to raise families in higher levels of poverty and amid nearly double the unemployment rates of white women.

    That strength and resilience reminds me of a Malcolm X speech – which Beyoncé actually sampled on her album Lemonade:

    “The most disrespected person in America is the black woman. / The most unprotected person in America is the black woman. / The most neglected person in America is the black woman.”

    Some African-American women would argue that not much has changed since that speech in 1962. But despite being disrespected, unprotected and neglected, they came out in their droves and righted what could have been a huge wrong.

    • Charlene White is a British broadcast journalist who works for ITN

    • Ali  On 12/14/2017 at 3:16 pm

      Stop cut and paste and tell us what you have to say instead.

  • Clyde Duncan  On 12/14/2017 at 4:01 pm

    Having a Misogynist Leader Has Consequences. And NO, I Don’t Mean Trump.

    Simona Siri | The Washington Post

    Simona Siri is an Italian freelance journalist based in New York. She is regular contributor to Vanity Fair Italy and the newspaper La Stampa.

    Having a misogynist running the country has repercussions. And no, I am not talking about the United States of America and President Trump.

    I am talking about my own country, Italy, where having the notoriously sexist Silvio Berlusconi in power for more than 20 years, on and off, is showing its effects — largely in the very different and disturbing way the #MeToo movement has played out in Italy.

    Very few women have come forward, and men have faced few consequences.

    More alarming is the fact that in Italy no politician has been implicated — nor any high-profile writer, CEO, doctor, TV personality or journalist.

    Right now, the climate in the two countries could not seem farther apart. In the United States of America, there is a widespread sense that the country is experiencing a fundamental shift in terms of power dynamics between men and women in the workplace.

    In Italy, the #QuellaVoltaChe movement (the equivalent of #MeToo — it means “that time that”) generated 20,000 tweets in the first week and a lot of discussion online. Then it quietly was buried among the topics that no one really wants to address.

    In Italy, the only two high-profile men accused of sexual misconduct are Giuseppe Tornatore and Fausto Brizzi, both movie directors — of the two, the latter’s name was removed from the posters for his movie “Poveri ma ricchissimi,” which is out now in Italian theaters. A week later, the controversy seemed to have died down in the mainstream press.

    To be sure, the reasons for this disparity go far beyond Berlusconi. He didn’t create misogyny in Italy.

    Instead of being the cause, he was the product of 2,000 years of patriarchy mixed with Catholicism.

    The cultural phenomenon of his personal machismo signaled to Italian men that it was acceptable and even normal to objectify and diminish women.

    Two examples among many: when he reportedly called Angela Merkel “unf–––able” (he denies this allegation) and when he told a young woman concerned about finding a job that she should find herself a rich husband like his son.

    The result is that the already present and strong sexist Italian culture now seems almost impossible to reverse.

    Unlike many other European countries that have elected female prime ministers or put many others in high offices, Italy continues to have a dramatic deficiency of women in positions of political and economic power. And the few who exist do not choose to exercise their influence to challenge status-quo attitudes.

    Under the current prime minister, Paolo Gentiloni, we have five women in the national government, but none of them have spoken out to support women who have come forward with the #QuellaVoltaChe movement.

    Culturally, we have a very high bar for what constitutes sexual harassment, both socially and legally.

    We are more tolerant of men’s improper behavior. Any Italian woman is used to having men commenting on her physical appearance: We call them compliments (and men think of it as just being men).

    No woman would go to Human Resources if a male colleague were to ask about her sexual life: We call that joking.

    Our lack of regulations for norms about sexual interactions in the workplace leaves the issue to improvisation and personal resources:

    Not having anyone to whom we can report improper advances, the majority of women prefer either to be silent or to brush off the behavior.

    A bill to regulate sexual interactions in the workplace was proposed less than a month ago by Titti Di Salvo, a politician belonging to the Partito Democratico.

    Until then, the only piece of legislation on the matter was the European bill signed in Italy by labor unions — but not until January 2016, after nine years of negotiations.

    All this helps explain the different conversation we are now having on social media. Instead of having their voices amplified, Italian women supporting the #MeToo movement are constantly mocked online by men and even other women who see them as uptight feminists.

    A sample counter-argument: If we consider advances as sexual harassment, the human race is going to be extinguished.

    In the press, victims of sexual harassment are constantly called into question and sometime openly shamed. Not accidental is the fact that attacks on women’s credibility come stronger from the right-wing press that is still supporting Berlusconi (yes, he is back in the political arena).

    Even more telling is the growing chorus of Italians trying to discredit the progress being made in the United States by saying that Americans are prude and have nothing to teach: They elected Trump, after all!

    Somehow they are right. Italy’s troubles with treating women equally send a message to the United States of America — social progress should not be taken for granted.

    Trump may not be able to stop the #MeToo movement here in the United States, but it would be naïve to think that he didn’t lay the groundwork for a backlash.

    Italy shows that the consequences of having misogynists in power can be long-lasting and potentially devastating.

  • Clyde Duncan  On 12/14/2017 at 4:05 pm

    WOMEN: I never read the bible, but I hang out with people who do ….

    Gird up your lions for the “backlash” that extremists are predicting

    “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” – Frederick Douglass

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