Doug Jones, the Democratic Senate candidate in Alabama, has been careful not to seem as though he’s not leaning on political and celebrity star power — even though it’s a constituency from which he’s received a great deal of support.
But Jones did infuse some star power into his election-eve campaign rally on Monday, in the form of a favorite Alabama son, retired NBA great Charles Barkley.
Sir Charles — who was born and raised just outside of Birmingham, AL and played his college ball for Auburn — made an impassioned plea to Alabama voters to reject the candidacy of Republican Roy Moore, who has been accused of child molestation and sexual assault.
“At some point, we gotta stop looking like idiots to the nation,” Barkley said. He added (in a portion of the speech not seen above, but reported by The Daily Beast) “At some point we got to draw a line in the sand, and say, ‘we’re not a bunch of damn idiots.’”
Barkley, historically, has tended to be somewhat moderate in his political leanings. In the 2016 Presidential election, he supported Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich. But the idea of Roy Moore in the Senate — the idea that he’s even a viable candidate — is wholly unacceptable to the Basketball Hall of Famer.
“It’s unbelievable that this guy is still in the race,” Barkley said. He added (via The Week), ” If somebody told you guys, ‘Put this election in a movie script’…you would throw it in the trash.”
Watch above, via the Associated Press.
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