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Charles Barkley: Doug Jones Victory Needs to Be a ‘Wake-Up Call for Democrats’

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One of the notable factors in Doug Jones‘ big victory tonight is the significance of the black vote. And Charles Barkley hopes the Democrats see this as a “wake-up call” in that regard.

Barkley openly campaigned for Jones and publicly trashed Roy Moore, and he said on CNN tonight he was feeling really good about his state.

Barkley told Jake Tapper, “Roy Moore was an embarrassment. If any other man had eight women accusing him of sexual harassment, talking about how he really enjoyed slavery, he thinks homosexuals should go to jail, they wouldn’t have even been in this election.”

“I’m just so proud of my state,” Barkley continued, “We’ve got some amazing people here. Yeah, we got a bunch of rednecks and a bunch of ignorant people, but we’ve got some amazing people here and they rose up today.”

But he also emphasized this message:

“This is a wake-up call for Democrats. Democrats––and I told Mr. Jones this, and I love Doug––they’ve taken the black vote and the poor vote for granted for a long time. It’s time for them to get off their ass and start making life better for black folks and people who are poor. They’ve always had our votes and they have abused our votes, and this is a wake-up call. We’re in a great position now, but this is a wake-up call for Democrats to do better for black people and poor white people.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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