President Donald Trump said Sunday that electing a Democrat as Alabama's next senator "would be a disaster", making clear the success of his legislative agenda outweighs widespread GOP repulsion at the prospect of seating Republican Roy Moore, who is dogged by allegations of sexual misconduct.
On Sunday, Trump redoubled his support for Moore, ignoring the allegations of sexual harassment plaguing the politician's Alabama campaign and branding his opponent as weak on crime, the military and immigration.
He tweeted that "the last thing" Republicans need in the closely divided Senate is a Democratic "puppet who is WEAK on Crime, WEAK on the Border". "From a Republican point of view, I don't know what winning looks like with Roy Moore", he added. Luther Strange, Williams said, the conventional political wisdom was that if "even if he fell short", a close loss could set up a rebound for another statewide race.
Trump isn't alone in his implied support for Moore. But rather than condemn child molestation, Trump instead hit Moore's rival, Doug Jones, in a tweet Sunday morning. "If you lose, you give the Senate seat to a Democrat at a time we need all the votes we can get", he said, referencing Republicans' current 52-48 majority in the Senate.
Trump has faced criticism from others within his party for his tepid response to the allegations against Moore, with the President telling reporters "he denies it," and "you have to listen to him also".
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Jones is a former United States attorney and is known for prosecuting two KKK members behind the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church.
The special election to fill the seat held by Republican Jeff Sessions, now the USA attorney general, is December 12.
In the wake of the allegations, Republican leaders scrambled to find a way to block Mr Moore as a candidate.
"Roy Moore to me, when he brought in Steve Bannon, should have been disqualified". "Forty years is a long time", Trump said, pointing to the amount of time that has passed since the alleged behavior.
The Republican National Committee cut fundraising ties with Moore earlier this month, and Republicans in Congress, including Sen.
"I want to be on the side of right when history writes the story", he said of distancing himself from Moore.
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