Democrat Alabama State Rep. John Rogers — who advocated his pro-abortion beliefs last week by calling for killing “unwanted” kids” — said in a Monday radio interview that Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) called him and told him that he agreed with what he said but that Jones had to come out against the comments publicly.
On the floor of the Alabama House of Representatives last week, Rogers said: “Some kids are unwanted, so you kill them now or you kill them later. You bring them in the world unwanted, unloved, you send them to the electric chair. So, you kill them now or you kill them later.”
Rogers appeared on “Talk 99.5: Birmingham’s Real Talk” on Monday where he discussed his comments and the condemnation that he got from Jones, who faced a lot of pressure over Rogers’ remarks. Rogers said that Jones told him that he agreed with Rogers’ remarks:
Well, he called me twice. He told me, “Doug, John, I know you’re right but I got to come out against you.” I said, “Okay.” I said, “Fine, if it’s going to help your campaign, do that.” I said, that’s the kind of guy I am. And then he called back and I didn’t know that somebody was trying to call me at the same time, you know, sometimes the lines get crossed up and they heard Doug hollering and shouting and they called me themselves and they said, I’ll tell you who it was, Frank Matthews. He said, “John, wasn’t that Doug, wasn’t that Doug Jones hollering at you?” And I said, yes it was, I wasn’t going to tell him a lie. I said, I told Doug, I said, “Doug, bye. I’m not really going to talk to you because you cannot apologize for me, I do my own apologies.” And I do do my own apologies.
Later in the interview, the host sought to clarify that he had heard Rogers correctly about his conversation with Jones.
“But the message is that you, this is my take away so far, that a sitting United States Senator called you and said that they agreed with you, but politically he had to step out publicly against you?” the host asked.
“Yeah, right,” Rogers responded.
Local media outlet Yellowhammer News noted that Jones used to be Rogers’ lawyer and “defended Rogers against multiple federal public corruption cases going back to 1989 and as recent as 2010. Rogers has never been found guilty of a crime with Jones as his attorney.”