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Democrat Sheila Jackson Lee Tweets Congratulations to ‘Doug Moore,’ Links Victory to NFL Anthem Protesters

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Texas Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee took to Twitter on Tuesday night to offer congratulations and her explanation, for why Doug Jones won the Alabama Senate election.

Instead, she ended up extending congratulations to someone called “Doug Moore,” while referencing NFL anthem-kneelers:

Doug Jones defeated Roy Moore in a shocking, upset victory on Tuesday night, becoming the first Democrat to represent Alabama in the Senate since 1996.

Lee has embraced the anthem protest issue in the past, most notably by kneeling on the floor of the House of Representatives.

“I kneel in honor of them. I kneel in front of the flag and on this floor,” Lee said.

“I kneel in honor of the First Amendment. I kneel because the flag is a symbol for freedom. I kneel because I’m going to stand against racism. I kneel because I will stand with those young men and I’ll stand with our soldiers. And I’ll stand with America, because I kneel.”

The anthem issue has become an extremely contentious political issue as well. President Trump has frequently criticized the NFL for their handling of the issue. Meanwhile, the player who started the anthem protest movement, Colin Kaepernick, remains unemployed.