American Bridge 21st Century
Democratic National Committee
December 12, 2017
Tom Perez on
Senator-Elect Doug Jones
DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following
statement on Doug Jones’ victory in the Alabama Senate
race, making him the first Democrat to represent Alabama in the U.S.
Senate in almost 25 years:
“Doug Jones made history tonight. He won because his values are the
values of the American people.
“This election wasn't about right versus left, it was about right
versus wrong. The people of Alabama sent a loud and clear message to
Donald Trump and the Republican Party: you can’t call yourself the
party of family values as long as you’re willing to accept
vile men like Roy Moore as members.
Alabama voters didn’t just reject Roy Moore, they embraced Doug Jones
and the Democratic Party’s vision for a brighter future. They joined
millions of voters across
the country who are standing up to Donald Trump and the GOP’s radical
agenda by making their voices heard and electing Democrats up and down
“Doug has spent years fighting for civil rights, including prosecuting
two members of the Ku Klux Klan for the murder of four little girls in
Birmingham. But his work is far from over. As Alabama's U.S. Senator,
he’ll fight to build better schools and an economy
that works for everyone, not just big corporations and the top 1%.
He’ll fight to protect people’s health care, make communities safer,
and reform our broken criminal justice system.
“While Republican leaders embrace accused child molesters like Roy
Moore for their own political gain, Democrats will keep fighting for
working families and for what is right because we are the party of the
December 13, 2017
DSCC Chairman on Doug Jones’ Victory in Alabama
DSCC Chairman Senator Chris Van Hollen
issued the following statement on Doug Jones’ victory in Alabama:
the last two months, Doug Jones traveled more than 8,100 miles to meet
with Alabamians, hear their stories and share his vision to get things
done for Alabama families: secure good-paying jobs, invest in public
schools across the state and make health care more affordable. Tonight,
Alabamians told Doug they need him to travel a little further up to
Washington and put his ideas to work in the U.S. Senate. This race took
a lot of unexpected turns but there was always one constant: Doug Jones
would proudly represent Alabamians and we are proud to welcome him.
in one of the most Republican states in the nation, the people of
Alabama chose common decency and integrity over partisan politics.
Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee did the opposite,
siding with a candidate who wanted to drag Alabama back to the days of
George Wallace and faced a mountain of credible evidence that he had
engaged in child sexual abuse. At his recent rally, President Trump
said Roy Moore stood for Republican and Alabama values. Today, the
people of Alabama sent a very different message: they soundly rejected
the new Republican Party of Roy Moore and Donald Trump and their toxic
agenda. President Trump, Republican Senate candidates and the
Republican National Committee showed us exactly who they are by
standing with Roy Moore — and we will make sure voters do not forget
American Bridge 21st Century
December 12, 2017
After Jones Victory, Senate Must
Seat Jones Immediately
Following Senator-elect Doug Jones' victory in the
Alabama Senate race tonight, American Bridge released the following
statement from Chairman David Brock:
"Republicans should be terrified tonight. While they're divided
engaged in civil war, Democrats are energized and are turning out in
record numbers. Doug Jones' victory in a place where Democrats
won statewide for 25 years is the clearest sign yet of a tidal wave
coming in 2018.
"Now that the people of Alabama have spoken, Doug Jones must be seated
as a Senator immediately. Voters made their voices heard loud and
clear, so there's no excuse for Luther Strange to continue
Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump may be desperate to pass their tax
scam, but they cannot ignore the will of the voters."
Earlier today Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced his
to not seat Jones until January.
Americans for Tax Fairness
December 12, 2017
FROM AMERICANS FOR TAX FAIRNESS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FRANK CLEMENTE UPON
ELECTION OF DOUG JONES:
"Doug Jones’ upset victory in Alabama shows that Americans in even
the reddest areas firmly reject the Trump-GOP agenda. Republicans in
the House and Senate should take heed and re-evaluate their support for
the monstrous tax bill that will rip healthcare away from millions
while raising taxes on middle class families and blowing up the
deficit, just so millionaires and corporations can get a tax break. The
Senate should slow the process down and allow the nation's newest
Senator to have a vote on this legislation that will affect the next
generation. It would be inappropriate for massive legislation rewriting
the nation's tax code to be decided by a lame-duck Senator who was just
voted out of office."
December 13, 2017
engaged from the start because we knew that Roy Moore was a historic
disgrace, and we knew we had a shot to win. We were aggressive from the
beginning because we believe Democrats need to compete everywhere in a
cycle like this one is shaping up to be. Count on progressives to keep
fighting and keep winning up and down the ballot in 2018," said
Since before Roy Moore won the primary, American Bridge was
engaged in Alabama:
1. In the final days of the Senate race in
Bridge launched a five-figure digital ad campaign, targeting
persuadable Republican voters with two messages as we approached
- Our write-in
Alabamians to follow the example of Sen. Richard Shelby and write
respected leader instead of voting for Roy Moore. Our push was covered in Sports
Illustrated, McClatchy, Talking
Post, and Politico.
- Our ad “Predator”
rapists from the bench.
2. American Bridge began defining Moore before he even won the
primary. We were the first group to attack Roy Moore after the primary,
pointing the path for Democrats to attack 2018 Senate candidates around
- Our research report, released the day of the primary, on Moore's past
actions and statements was covered by NBC,
Call, and MSNBC.
- Within 100 hours of Moore's victory we deployed a tracker
on the ground in Alabama.
- We launched ads against Sen. Dean Heller, Rep. Martha McSally, and
Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel, which were covered by the Nevada
Independent and HuffPo.
- Our continuing efforts to hold Senators accountable for Roy Moore's
behavior was covered by Politico, Axios, HuffPo,
- When prominent Republican Senators, including Majority Whip John
Cornyn, fundraised for Roy Moore in early November, American Bridge
captured the footage and promised to use it against Republicans in the
2018 elections. Reporters who wrote about this included Politico, NBC and
3. Doug Jones's ad attacking Roy Moore on early childhood
education used research discovered by American Bridge.
- In the ad, Jones
says, "Roy Moore compares preschool and early childhood education
to Nazi indoctrination." That comes from a HuffPost
story based on comments Moore made first identified by
4. We dug through more than 20 years' of Moore's comments,
unearthing some of his most inflammatory statements, which
went viral and helped to mobilize Democrats around the country:
- Talking Points Memo: Roy
‘Worse’ Than Upholding
Slavery In Dred Scott
- Huffington Post: Roy
- Talking Points Memo: Roy
5. When President Trump campaigned for Moore in Pensacola, FL,
American Bridge trolled the rally with a mobile billboard of Ivanka
Trump's "special place in hell" comments.
- The billboard was covered by over a dozen outlets including The
Post, Newsweek, Tampa
Kos, and Bustle.
6. American Bridge
uncovered previously "missing" evidence of Moore abusing his so-called
- American Bridge exclusively obtained a copy of Roy Moore's
foundation's tax form from 2015, which AL.com had reported as "missing"
through their corrupt foundation.
- The form was reported
and revealed that Moore had added another family member to the board of
his foundation and was likely paying his daughter's company to plan his
Democratic National Committee
December 13, 2017
45 Times The 45th
President And His Party Backed Up Roy Moore
Alabama voters rejected an alleged child molester by electing Doug
Jones to the Senate, Donald Trump and the Republican Party were all in.
See for yourself:
was never fully behind Luther Strange, and he and Pence immediately
threw their support behind Roy Moore after he won the primary.
Republican Primary win in Alabama. Luther Strange
started way back & ran a good race. Roy, WIN in Dec!”
Alabama last night for the first time.
Sounds like a really great guy who ran a fantastic race. He will help
thrilled you ran on the #MAGA agenda
we are for you!”
“As Trump Campaigns For Strange In Alabama, He Expresses Some Doubts:
As allegations of child molestation surfaced against Moore, Trump never
withdrew his support.
have not seen very much about him, about it.”
“The President believes that we cannot allow a mere allegation -- in
this case, one from many years ago -- to destroy a person's life.”
: “Look, the President believes that these allegations
are very troubling and should be taken seriously, and he thinks that
the people of Alabama should make the decision on who their next
senator should be.”
: “But that's also something and
a decision that the people of Alabama need to make, not the President,
whether or not they want Roy Moore to support them in the Senate.”
to condemn Mr. Moore’s actions, nor
pulled his endorsement of
the Republican candidate
even as other Republicans in Washington have said they believe the
female accusers and have called on Mr. Moore to drop out of the race.”
And Trump repeatedly cast doubt on Moore’s accusers.
“White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee
whether Trump believed Moore’s
, even after the president’s daughter, Ivanka
Trump, told The Associated Press that she had no reason to doubt their
claims against him.”
“During animated conversations with senior Republicans and White House
stories presented by Moore’s accusers and
questioned why they were emerging now
, just weeks before the
to two White House advisers and two other people familiar with the
Mr. Trump, speaking by phone last Tuesday with Mr. McConnell, responded
with the same argument he had been making for days inside the White
Moore a sexual predator, the president
believes, may not be telling the truth.
“Trump, according to three sources briefed on the discussions,
by Moore's accusers
“What the president did not foresee was that the friction would reach
inside his immediate family.
Ivanka castigated Mr. Moore by
saying there was ‘a special place in hell for people who prey on
according to three staff members who heard his comments. ‘”
By late November, Trump effectively endorsed Moore.
record. It's terrible on crime. It's
on the border. It's terrible on the military. I
can tell you for a fact we do not need somebody that's going to be bad
on crime, bad on borders, bad with the military, bad for the second
in Alabama and the U.S. Senate is a
Schumer/Pelosi puppet who is WEAK on crime, WEAK
on the border, bad for our military and our great vets, bad for our 2nd
Amendment, AND WANTS TO RAISE TAXES TO THE SKY.
Jones would be a disaster!”
the Alabama Primary. He shot way up in
the polls but it wasn’t enough. Can’t let
Schumer/Pelosi win this race. Liberal Jones would be BAD!”
: “White House aide Kellyanne Conway on Monday suggested
Alabama voters should support embattled Republican Senate candidate Roy
because he would vote for the GOP's tax reform legislation making its
way through Congress.”
Sarah Sanders: “Look, obviously the President wants people both in the
House and the Senate that support his agenda,
but as I've said and as the Hatch Act prohibits me from going any
we certainly think that this is something that the people of Alabama
should decide, and I'm not going to be able to weigh in anything
further beyond those comments.” [White House Daily Briefing, 11/20/17]
All But Name
And Trump took Moore’s side against his accusers.
he denies it. I mean, if you look at
what is really going on and you look at all the things that have
happened over the last 48 hours, he totally denies it.”
And you know, you have to listen to him
also. You are talking about -- he said 40 years ago this did not
happen. So, you know.”
years is a long time. He has run eight races, and this has never
come up. So 40 years is a long time.”
By early December, Trump offered a full-throated endorsement of Moore,
and the White House repeatedly defended his endorsement.
one vote for massive tax cuts is why
we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama. We need his vote on
stopping crime, illegal immigration, border wall, military, Pro Life,
V.A., Judges 2nd Amendment and more. To Jones, a Pelosi/Schumer
: “‘The President's position hasn't changed. He still finds
Sanders said of the allegations. ‘But as we've also said, the President
feels that he would rather have a person that supports his agenda
versus somebody who opposes his agenda every step of the way.’”
Conway: “And we feel that people have been -- they've been talking
about a number of different issues. But this president also made very
clear something important here. He does not
want a liberal Democrat in that seat. And he wants somebody who is
going to be a reliable vote for their shared agenda on tax cuts, on
securing the boarder.” [The Story, Fox News, 12/5/17]
Republican Roy Moore
Trump called Judge Moore a ‘fighter’ and expressed his eagerness to
have Judge Moore fighting for his agenda in Washington. The president
wrapped up the call with a ‘go
RNC went all in on Roy Moore and the super PAC run by Trump’s outside
political advisors invested $1.1 million to help Moore win.
“Looking past allegations of sexual misconduct with Alabama teenagers,
President Donald Trump formally endorsed Moore, and the
$170,000 to the
Alabama Republican Party to bolster Moore's candidacy
“President Trump's endorsement of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore
triggered a flood of financial support, as
in advertising on television and
other venues just days before a crucial
The super PAC, affiliated with Trump's official outside group, the
political nonprofit America First Policies, saw the endorsement as a
signal to enter the race on Moore's behalf.”
held a campaign style rally for Moore right outside of Alabama, invited
Alabamians to attend, and told those in attendance to vote for Roy
Trump: “This guys is screaming, we want Roy Moore.” [Trump Remarks At
Make America Great Again Rally, Pensacola FL, 12/8/17]
Trump: “We want great people coming into our country…
So get out and vote for Roy Moore. Do it. Do it. Do it.” [Trump Remarks
At Make America Great Again Rally, Pensacola FL, 12/8/17]
enthusiastic Roy Moore fans at the rally last
We can’t have a Pelosi/Schumer
Liberal Democrat, Jones, in that important Alabama Senate seat. Need
your vote to Make America Great Again! Jones will always vote against
what we must do for our Country.”
“President Trump isn’t going to Alabama to campaign for Roy Moore.
as close as you can to the state line.
is expected to hold a campaign-style rally in Pensacola, Fla.,
about 20 miles from the Alabama line, next Friday. The rally is four
days ahead of the Dec. 12 special election in Alabama, where Moore
faces Democrat Doug Jones.”
“The White House said President Donald Trump was not coming to Alabama
to campaign for Roy Moore, but
reported getting invitations to the
president's appearance in Florida next week
People have tweeted and reported on Facebook that
they received recorded phone calls from the president's
daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, inviting them to his appearance in
Pensacola next Friday.”
Trump recorded a robocall for Moore, and the Moore campaign used
Trump’s endorsement in GOTV efforts.
Trump: “Hi, this is president Donald Trump, and
I need Alabama to go vote for Roy Moore. It is so important.
We’re already making America great again. I’m going to make America
safer and stronger and better than ever before, but we need that seat.
We need Roy voting for us. I’m stopping illegal immigration
and crime, rebuilding a stronger military, and protecting the Second
Amendment and our pro-life values.” [Trump Robocall For Roy Moore For
“Just got to Alabama today and seeing this
Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
December 12, 2017 8:08 pm
13, 2017 6:45 am
If last night’s election proved anything, it proved that we need to put
up GREAT Republican candidates to increase the razor thin margins in
both the House and Senate.
Alabama Republican Party
December 12, 2017
ALGOP Statement on the U.S. Senate Election
Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan made the following
statement regarding the U.S. Senate election results:
“While we are deeply disappointed in the extremely close U.S. Senate
election results, with our candidate Judge Roy Moore, we respect the
voting process given to us by our Founding Fathers. We are grateful to
the army of Republican volunteers who sacrificed their time to help
during this most important race. We are also thankful to President
Trump and RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel for their support. Good
conservative government and policies are always worth pursuing.”
“During this campaign, we heard Mr. Jones repeatedly say he would
talk about ‘kitchen table issues’ and that he would ‘reach across the
aisle’ to work with Republicans. While these issues weren’t discussed
and no other Democratic Senator has worked with the Republicans, all
eyes will be on his votes. Alabamians will watch the issues he will
support or try to stop. We will hold him accountable for his votes.”
“Sixty percent of all partisan elected officials in our state are
Republicans. We expect a strong slate of Republican candidates in 2018
as we continue to grow our base.”
“Alabamians are conservative and have no intentions of moving toward
the policies of the Democrat Party. If Mr. Jones aligns himself with
the liberal Democrats in Washington, Alabama voters will remember his
choices in the 2020 U.S. Senate election.”
“Now that this race has ended, may this holiday season of peace,
love and hope resonate with everyone, regardless of one’s political
Richard Viguerie's ConservativeHQ
December 13, 2017
The Uniparty Defeats Roy Moore And Trump Agenda
Make no mistake about what happened in Alabama yesterday; Roy Moore
was defeated by a united Washington establishment Uniparty that wanted
no part of giving Donald Trump another vote in the United States Senate
and traditional Judeo-Christian values another voice at the national
As our friend Michael Patrick Leahy reported for Breitbart, three
secretive Washington, D.C. consulting firms founded by former Obama
campaign staffers provided millions of dollars in advertising services,
on credit, to Highway 31, a shell independent expenditure organization
based in Birmingham, Alabama that supported liberal Democrat Doug Jones
and opposed conservative Republican Roy Moore.
On Friday, just four days before the election, two of these
Washington, D.C. based firms dropped another $101,612 into the Alabama
U.S. Senate race, bringing the total spent to date by three firms run
by Obama campaign alumni as apparent “in-kind” contributions to Highway
31 to $2.8 million in less than one month.
The counterweight on the Republican side?
In a pattern that was established back in the early days of the Tea
Party rebellion, Moore was stripped of any establishment Republican
support, even before the scurrilous and unsubstantiated charges of
sexual misconduct were raised against him.
The Washington GOP establishment dumped Moore just like it
campaigned against Todd Akin, Richard Mourdock and a host of other
outsider candidates who might well have won, had the party backed them
to the hilt, as it backed damaged establishment candidates like
Mississippi’s Senator Thad Cochran.
And we don’t mean only monetary support – although that was
incredibly important as Moore was out spent better than 7 to 1 in
reports filed before the final push by the shadowy Democrat
organizations backing Jones.
We’re talking about the kind of party support that is make or break
in a close race.
Alabama’s Republican Senator, Richard Shelby, made a point of going
on TV the weekend before the election and campaigning against his
fellow Republican by saying he would not and did not vote for Roy Moore.
Instead, he wrote-in the name of a “prominent Republican,” and the
write-in votes cast for no name candidate Lee Busby and unnamed
“prominent” Republicans look like they would have been enough to clinch
the election for Moore.
And the drumbeat against Moore wasn’t confined to just Senator
Shelby; a bevy of other Republican Senators were all over TV in the
last weeks of the campaign saying they wouldn’t vote for Moore and
suggesting darkly that if he were elected they would throw him out of
Senators Cory Gardner, John Thune and Rob Portman all piled on Roy
Moore and worked against electing him – the one chance they had of
maintaining the tenuous Republican majority in the Senate.
It is now going to be harder to protect innocent life, enable people
to escape poverty, rebuild our national defense and appoint judges to
enforce Constitution. So, why would Republicans in the Senate and
jeopardize their ability to pass their agenda by working so hard
against Roy Moore – even before he was hit by the unproven allegations
of sexual misconduct?
Simple: The game here isn’t electing Republicans – it is “crushing”
conservatives and Tea Partiers as Mitch McConnell famously swore to do
before the 2014 election.
McConnell, Gardner, Portman and Thune have no interest in the Trump
agenda, the agenda of the conservative movement, or any other agenda.
What they are interested in is maintaining their own power and a Roy
Moore victory would have been a serious impediment to their power, but
Doug Jones is merely another Democrat to cut a deal with.
In our article, “The
we predicted that Mitch McConnell would, as he did in Mississippi in
2014, pull out all the stops to kill Roy Moore’s campaign, even if it
meant mounting a write-in campaign and syphoning-off enough votes to
elect Far-Left Democrat Doug Jones to the U.S. Senate and jeopardizing
the Republican majority.
We were unfortunately right in our prediction, and we now know just
how ugly and how vicious the establishment’s lust for power really is,
but the results of yesterday’s election should not dissuade
conservatives from taking on establishment incumbents – far from it.
In the past, after losses such as the Goldwater defeat in 1964, and
Reagan’s loss in the 1976 Republican primary, conservatives were not
dissuaded from fighting for their principles – they came away with a
renewed sense of purpose and a commitment to fight even harder to
defeat the establishment – we must take that same lesson from Roy