Alabama Senator-elect Doug Jones raised the eyebrows of his liberal supporters on Sunday when he backed President Donald Trump, insisting that the commander-in-chief should not step down in the wake of multiple sexual misconduct allegations and suggesting that he would cross the aisle to vote as a Republican on certain issues.
Jones, who triumphed over Republican candidate Roy Moore in a race that once seemed like an easy victory for the embattled judge, said during a Sunday appearance on CNNâ€™s â€śState of the Unionâ€ť that he may find himself siding with the Republican majority.
â€śOne of the problems in American politics right now, in my opinion, is that everybody thinks because youâ€™re a member of one party or another, youâ€™re going to vote a certain way. And that should not be the case, should never be the case,â€ť he said.
â€śIâ€™m going to talk to people on both sides of the aisle, try to figure out what I think is in the best interest of my state and the country.â€ť
Jones â€“ a Democrat whom the president attacked as weak on multiple key issues central to the Trump administration â€“ offered an olive branch to Trump.
â€śI donâ€™t think that the president ought to resign at this point,â€ť he said. â€śThose allegations were made before the elections, and so people had an opportunity to judge before that election. I think we need to move on and not get distracted by those issues.â€ť
The one-time U.S. attorney, a staunch supporter of the Democratic Partyâ€™s platform throughout the fraught Senate race, signaled that he might cross party lines on an infrastructure bill that will come to a vote next year.
â€śNow, donâ€™t expect me to vote solidly for Republicans or Democrats,â€ť Jones said.