Trump warns of ‘devastating’ consequences if Roy Moore runs for Senate again
President Trump on Wednesday urged Roy Moore not to run again for the US Senate in Alabama, because he believes the Republican would lose and jeopardize gains made by his administration.
”Republicans cannot allow themselves to again lose the Senate seat in the Great State of Alabama. This time it will be for Six Years, not just Two,” Trump, who backed Moore in 2017, wrote on Twitter. “I have NOTHING against Roy Moore, and unlike many other Republican leaders, wanted him to win. But he didn’t, and probably won’t.”
The president went on to say that if Alabama does not send a Republican to the Senate in 2020, “many of the incredible gains that we have made during my Presidency may be lost, including our Pro-Life victories.”
“Roy Moore cannot win, and the consequences will be devastating….Judges and Supreme Court Justices!,” Trump concluded.
The president’s tweets about Moore, who lost a 2017 race against Democrat Doug Jones after Moore was accused of sexual misconduct in the 1970s, followed on the heels of Trump’s son’s posting that Jones should decide against running to help preserve his father’s legacy.
”You mean like last time? You’re literally the only candidate who could lose a GOP seat in pro-Trump, pro-USA ALABAMA,” Donald Trump Jr. wrote on Twitter Tuesday. “Running for office should never become a business model. If you actually care about #MAGA more than your own ego, it’s time to ride off into the sunset, Judge.”
The Trump effort to discourage Moore started when GOP Rep. Bradley Byrne, who has launched a bid for the US Senate in Alabama, said Moore couldn’t win in an interview with The Hill.
“I think people are very concerned that we Republicans lost a U.S. Senate seat because he was our nominee in 2017 and we don’t need to do that again,” Byrne said, adding that Moore’s political baggage “hasn’t gone away.”
That led Moore to respond on Twitter.
”What is Bradley so worried about?,” Moore wrote. “He knows that if I run I will beat Doug Jones.”
Jones defeated Moore by 49.9 percent to 48.4 percent in deep-red Alabama after several women came forward to accuse Moore of making sexual advances to them when they were teenagers and Moore was in his 30s.
Despite the allegations, Trump held a rally in neighboring Florida in support of Moore days before the election.
“We need a Republican in the Senate, we need Roy Moore,” Trump told the crowd.
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