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 CNN’s “State of the Union” that he may find himself siding with the Republican majority.
“One 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. And that should not be the case, should never be the case,” he said.
“I’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.”
Jones – a Democrat whom the president attacked as weak on multiple key issues central to the Trump administration – offered an olive branch to Trump.
“I don’t think that the president ought to resign at this point,” he said. “Those 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.”
The one-time U.S. attorney, a staunch supporter of the Democratic Party’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.
“Now, don’t expect me to vote solidly for Republicans or Democrats,” Jones said.