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Sen. Doug Jones Declines to Call Trump Racist on CNN: I Don’t Think President is a ‘Hater’

Recently-elected Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) declined to call President Donald Trump racist in an interview on CNN Wednesday.

CNN anchor Jake Tapper asked the former U.S. attorney about his new book — Bending Toward Justice: The Birmingham Church Bombing that Changed the Course of Civil Rights — and if he thinks the president is racist.

“I’m not going to call the president a racist,” Jones replied. “Unfortunately some of the things he says garners a lot of criticism because it can have that racial overtone to it. I am not going to call him that name, I’m not going to call others that name, unless they’re real haters.”

“And I certainly don’t think that Donald Trump is a hater,” he said.

“Words do matter,” Jones continued. “I’m hoping that whether it is President Trump or Democrats or whoever can take the lessons that we’ve learned and understand that in today’s world, especially in a social media world that we’ve got, that people can feel empowered to do things that they wouldn’t otherwise do if they feel like they have the backing of a public official.”

“That doesn’t have to be the president. It could be anybody. It could be a senator, or congressperson, or mayor or in the case of Birmingham, a governor or a county commissioner.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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