Monday, 11 December, 2017

Trump Congratulates Moore for Alabama Senate Primary Victory, Deletes Tweets Endorsing Strange

Sen. Bill Cassidy R-La. right speaks to an aide as he appears before a Senate Finance Committee hearing to consider the Graham Cassidy healthcare proposal on Capitol Hill Monday Sept. 25 2017 in Washington Roy Moore Beats Strange, McConnell And Trump In Alabama Senate Race
Elias Hubbard | 28 September, 2017, 00:41

Luther Strange in a Republican primary.

"Luther Strange has been shooting up in the Alabama polls since my endorsement". And he'd need to be the beneficiary of a unique December 12 election that could present a turnout challenge.

Donald Trump at a rally for Sen.

His opponent, former state attorney general unusual, was appointed to the Senate in January by Republican governor Robert Bentley, whom he was investigating for criminal efforts to hide an extramarital affair. Jeff Sessions joining the Trump administration as attorney general. He soon found himself in a crowded primary battle with eight other Republicans. Mike Pence tweeted out something similar congratulating Moore, acting as if the two hadn't been actively campaigning for Luther Strange.

Democratic nominee Jones said this after the GOP runoff concluded: "After years of embarrassing headlines about top public officials in this state, this race is about the people of Alabama and about choosing a candidate with character and integrity they can be proud of". Trump took the opposite approach by backing odd and campaigning for him in the final days of the race. "#MAGA." The president also removed that post after Strange's defeat.

The Alabama Republican Senate race runoff happened on Tuesday, and "Big" Luther Strange was defeated by Roy Moore. Throughout the Senate race, odd had been dogged by criticisms of accepting the appointment from a scandal-battered governor when his office was in charge of corruption investigations.

Moore tells "Fox and Friends" that he supports Trump's agenda.

His concerns were only exacerbated by the endorsement of Moore by his former chief strategist Steve Bannon, who made a highly visible push for Moore as the anti-GOP-establishment candidate.

"They think you are nothing but rubes", Bannon said of establishment Republicans.

"The fact is Roy Moore probably is more akin to Donald Trump than odd".

They ended up being disappointed. This was just people kind of confused, knowing who Roy Moore is, and wanting to send him to the Senate to work with Donald Trump. "They're going to say 'Donald Trump, the president of the United States, was unable to pull his candidate across the line".

Almost as concerning is Moore's repeated contempt for the rule of law as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. His defiance of the federal court order cost him his job, but he won it back in 2013, only to lose it again three years later for ordering judges not to issue same-sex marriage licenses. "I believe in the Second Amendment". Few can question Moore's conservatism and his dedication to principle.

For McConnell, Moore's win could have longer-lasting repercussions, above and beyond the issue of Moore's potential impact on policy in the Senate.

Moore will now take on former US attorney and Democratic candidate Doug Jones in the general election in December.

To win, Democrats believe Jones must achieve three hard tasks. Those words would be just bluster if unusual had won. That's not a small thing but for an administration and a GOP congressional leadership who expected health care reform and tax reform to be done (or nearly done) by this point, it's a major disappointment. "Roy Moore is unfit to serve; all you have to do is ask [Sen.] Mitch McConnell about that". In Sessions' last election as senator in 2014, he ran unopposed. And deal with Trump who, according to CNN's White House team, is angry at McConnell for allegedly misleading him about Strange's chances of winning.

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