"My tweets worked."
"My tweets worked."
Text: Jake Viswanath
In a historic moment for the state of Alabama, voters elected Democratic nominee Doug Jones to fill the spot in the U.S. Senate recently vacated by now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Jones rightfully defeated his Republican opponent Roy Moore, who has been accused of sexually assaulting girls as young as 14 years old and has positively reminisced about the days when slavery existed (and that's just some of his alarming tendencies).
This election marks the first time that Alabama, a historically dedicated red state, has voted a Democratic candidate to the Senate in nearly 25 years, signaling a potential shift for elections beyond today. Democrats now have a shot at reclaiming the majority in the Senate in 2018, while the outright rejection of Donald Trump's preferred candidate shows that he may be losing the power and persuasion that led him to win last year's tumultuous election. Could this loss signal results for the 2020 presidential election? Only time can tell, but the results from last night indicate that Trump's re-election isn't a sure thing.
Since the defeat of ignorance and prejudice (and accused predation) is always something to celebrate, artists and actors from across the entertainment world are joyous celebrating the results across social media. See the reactions below.
Doug Jones. Thank you, Alabama. You’ve elected a man of incredible integrity, grit, and character. A fighter for working class and middle class Alabamians. He is going to make you proud in the Senate.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) December 13, 2017
Thank you for restoring my faith in humanity, Alabama. And thank you for fighting for what’s right, @GDouglasJones.
And thank you to every volunteer who knocked on doors, made phone calls, and that worked tirelessly to make this happen.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) December 13, 2017
Thank you Alabama, you’ve given me hope for the future of this Nation. Decency and real American values rule the day. https://t.co/jddlB6WBaJ
— Susan Sarandon (@SusanSarandon) December 13, 2017
— Julianne Moore (@_juliannemoore) December 13, 2017
Holy shit!!!!! Does this mean I DON’T have to bury 2017 in the back yard?? Thank you, Alabama!!!!
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) December 13, 2017
Congratulations Alabama. One small step in the right direction for all of us. ???? our voices are being heard
— P!nk (@Pink) December 13, 2017
#DougJones has won the Alabama Senate seat vacated by #JeffSessions. I believe he will bring not just honor and pride to all the good citizens of Alabama, but a way forward to the decent jobs, education, and economy everyone wants.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) December 13, 2017
Thank you Alabama and thank you Doug Jones. https://t.co/o8NXvTrTUX
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) December 13, 2017
Alabama. I want to thank every single 1 of u who voted for #DougJones4Senate because today u voted for a more perfect union. A place where we ALL matter. God bless u. ????????
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) December 13, 2017
Thank you for everyone who canvassed & called & worked your asses off for Doug Jones to win. Thank you to Black voters who saved us again!
— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) December 13, 2017
Thank you #DougJones! Glad your service in the name of justice has been recognized and rewarded! As it should be! Thank you voters! #NoJusticeNoPeace #AlabamaRace #AlabamaSenateElection #AlabamaSenate pic.twitter.com/8Myt6HAtJo
— Rosario Dawson (@rosariodawson) December 13, 2017
hanukkah miracle in alabama!
— jackantonoff (@jackantonoff) December 13, 2017
Hope lives! Never give up on this gorgeous mystery called Life. A Democrat from Alabama? Hope lives.
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) December 13, 2017
Thank you, Alabama!
— John Legend (@johnlegend) December 13, 2017
shedding a few tears tonight. thank you, alabama.
— MUNA (@whereisMUNA) December 13, 2017
My tweets worked.
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) December 13, 2017
PRAISE THE LORD???????????????????????????????????????? https://t.co/2RmK7xGTHz
— Lauren Jauregui (@LaurenJauregui) December 13, 2017