Alabama favorite son Charles Barkley spoke to CNN about the Democratic party at the campaign headquarters of Senator-elect Doug Jones following the candidate's victory speech. The retired NBA star power forward called Jones' victory a "wake up call" for the Democratic party. The Round Mound of Rebound told Democrats it is "time to get off their ass" and stop "abusing" the black vote and taking it for granted.
"This is more a referendum on the state of Alabama," Barkley told CNN's Jake Tapper. "I'm just 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."
"This is a wake-up call for Democrats," Barkley said. "Democrats, and I told Mr. Jones this, and I love Doug, they've taken the black vote and the poor vote for granted for a long time. It's time for them to get off their ass and start making life better for black folks and people who are poor. They've always had our votes and they have abused our votes and this is a wake-up call. We got in a great position now. But this is a wake-up call for Democrats to do better for black people and poor white people."