After news outlets called the race for Doug Jones, a jubilant Barkley told CNN that Tuesday was a great night for Alabama, which he said had “been stuck in a time warp for a long time.”
“First of all, 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 people who are homosexuals should go to jail, they wouldn’t have even been in this election. This is more of a referendum on the state of Alabama, and I’m just so proud of my state.
I’m so proud of my state. I love my state. We got some amazing people here, Yeah, we got a bunch of rednecks and a bunch of ignorant people, but we got some amazing people here and they rose up today.”
He also called the results a “wake-up call” to Democrats who have taken the support of black and poor voters for granted:
They’ve taken the black vote and the poor vote for granted for a long time. They’ve always had our votes, and they’ve 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.”
A Side Note: Charles Barkley considered himself a Republican until he became dismayed with George W. Bush’s administration, telling World Golf in 2006, “I was a Republican – until they lost their minds.”