In response to the election of Doug Jones as Senator from Alabama, People For the American Way President Michael Keegan issued the following statement.
“Tonight, Alabamans emphatically rejected Roy Moore’s long history of extremism—and they rejected a candidate running hard on the Donald Trump playbook. Today’s election is a victory for the country, a victory for the people of Alabama, a victory for basic decency and a victory for the women who were attacked and smeared simply for standing up and telling their stories.
“Roy Moore had the strong backing of Donald Trump and Steve Bannon, but that didn’t save him at the ballot box. Tonight’s results should be a strong warning for Republicans who are considering heading into next year’s elections by modeling themselves on Donald Trump.
“Doug Jones should be congratulated on his win tonight. And we should take note of the fact that he did it by standing up for his values, not running from them. That’s the path that’s going to help Democrats in 2018 and in 2020.”