After his vote to convict President Trump, speculation is increasing that Democrat Senator Doug Jones may not be able to hold his seat in November in the heavy red state of Alabama due to anger over his vote.
Speaking to AL.com Jones admitted that Democrats have wanted Trump impeached all along “They wanted him impeached from the time he took his hand off the Bible,” Jones said.
Per TheHill, the political battle scars from President Trump’s impeachment trial are the new wildcard heading into this year’s fight for control of the Senate.
The near party-line votes to acquit Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress are most likely to impact the reelection bids for Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Doug Jones (D-Ala.), who were already considered some of the most vulnerable senators heading into November.
AL.com reports Democratic U.S. Sen. Doug Jones said today he was disgusted by the extreme partisanship displayed throughout the impeachment process, including by some in his own party.
“They wanted him impeached from the time he took his hand off the Bible,” Jones said of calls to impeach President Donald Trump soon after he took office. “That was unfortunate.”
Jones, returning to Alabama and visiting the law school he graduated from in Birmingham, said on Friday during a forum at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law that the impeachment of President Donald Trump was extremely partisan on both sides. The more extreme one side got, the more extreme the other side got, he said.
“It was just that partisan,” he said. “It was like ‘Alice in Wonderland.’”
Jones emphasized that he tried to be fair throughout the process, studying the case from all angles without partisanship.
“I try to do what I believe is the right thing,” he said.
Jones, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he was immediately alarmed at the whistleblower complaint against Trump for his request that Ukraine announce an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, who was on the board of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma.
Jones said Republicans had made no issue of Biden’s role in Ukraine until Biden announced he was running for president. That convinced Jones that the president’s motive was purely political and helped convince him to vote in favor of removing Trump from office on two articles of impeachment, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
Trump was acquitted, with only one Republican, U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, breaking party ranks to vote in favor of removing Trump on the abuse of power charge.