In Alabama, Democrat Doug Jones pulled off a stunning victory. For more than twenty years, Alabama has not sent a member of his party to the Senate, but in defeating a man who was even endorsed by the sitting President of the United States, Jones has ended that decades-long stymieing at the hands of the Republican Party.
Many news outlets across the US today will report on the fact that yes, over 650,000 people did vote for Republican candidate Roy Moore in yesterday’s Alabama Special Election to fill the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions — Many of these outlets will report on what that number means for the Republican Party, and indeed the Democrats too, but this will be forgetting a few facts…
- 650,000 people still voted for someone accused of sexually assaulting multiple children while he was in his thirties,
- 650,000 people still voted for someone accused by many more women of sexual assault,
- 650,000 people still voted for a man who believes homosexuality shouldn’t be legal,
- 650,000 people still voted for a man who believes women shouldn’t be granted basic rights to health care and the ability to choose what to do with their own bodies,
- 650,000 people still voted for a man full of hate and unjustified anger towards immigrants and diversity,
- 650,000 people still voted for a man who doesn’t think there’s anything wrong with stripping away the right to healthcare for millions of hardworking people and millions of children,
- 650,000 people still voted for a man who doesn’t believe the conclusive evidence that climate change is a major issue,
- 650,000 people still voted for a man who was officially endorsed by another who is currently under investigation for possible treason, has bragged about sexual assault, joked about genocide and is in the process of committing multiple human rights violations,
- 650,000 people still voted for Roy Moore.
People will talk about how the result was good and bad for both parties, but the fact is that so long as 650,000 people are willing to vote for hate, the result was bad for society.