An Alabama State Representative who became infamous for gruesome comments about killing children announced Tuesday that he will challenge Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) in a primary election in 2020.
“I am now a candidate for United States Senate,” State Rep. John Rogers said. “I’ve already, I’ve got – I’m running for real. I’m not backing down. I’m a candidate. I’ve already – I asked them to give me $1,000,000 [in campaign pledges to be able to run] and already $500,000 have come in already. And so if I get $500,000 [more], I’ll be an official candidate. I’m telling you right now.”
Rogers and Jones had a spat last week over Rogers’ comments, apparently setting off the State Representative.
Jones – whose campaign employed dirty tricks to beat Judge Roy Moore in 2017 – will now face an even further uphill battle to hang onto his Senate seat in a deeply red state. Jones’ approval rating has tanked since he took office.
Rogers made national headlines after some outlandish comments during a debate on the Alabama House Floor last week.
Big League Politics reported:
A Democrat Senator Representative in Alabama made some eyebrow-raising comments during the state legislature’s ongoing debate over a potential abortion ban.
“Some kids are unwanted, so you kill them now or you kill them later,” Rep. John Rogers said. “You bring them in the world unwanted, unloved, and you send them to the electric chair. So, you kill them now or you kill them later.”
“Some parents can’t handle a child with problems,” he continued. “It could be retarded. It might have no arms and no legs.”
Rogers’ comment drew the ire of high-profile conservatives, including Donald Trump Jr.
“This is stomach curling and makes Ralph Northam look like a moderate on abortion,” he said on Twitter. “Every Democrat running for President needs to be asked where they stand on this. The extreme turn we’ve seen from Dems on abortion recently is truly sickening.”
The bill, which would criminalize abortions except in cases where the mother’s life is in danger, passed the Alabama House.
Rogers has since apologized for his use of the word “retarded,” but not for his support of slaughtering infants.
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