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Trump officially endorses Roy Moore for Senate

Trump tweeted that the Senate needs Roy Moore.


David Covucci


Posted on Dec 4, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 9:12 am CDT

President Donald Trump gave his strongest endorsement today of Alamaba Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, who is running in a special election to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions against Democrat Doug Jones.

In the past few weeks, the Moore campaign has been embroiled in scandal as reports came out about his sexual assault of a teenage girl and relationships with other underage women.

Trump had waffled on supporting Moore—originally campaigning for his primary opponent Luther Strange—before going mum after the reports against Moore surfaced. But his support has grown as the election neared and this morning he told Alabamans to vote for Moore, who is an accused pedophile.

Trump’s endorsement comes in the wake of the Senate’s slim passage of its tax reform bill, 51-49. The bill heads to reconciliation now and will need to be approved again by the Senate after it is combined with the version the House passed. That process will likely occur after Alabama’s election on Dec. 12.

Later this week, Trump heads to Pensacola, Florida, on the Alabama border for a rally. Trump has not said if he will campaign for Moore.

Over the weekend, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who had previously said Moore should drop out of the race, said he now believes it is up to the people of Alabama to decide if Moore is fit for office,

Update 1:24pm CT, Dec. 4: President Trump gave Roy Moore his official support in a phone call this morning, saying he “liked a fighter.”

According to reports, Trump concluded the call with “Go get ’em, Roy.”

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*First Published: Dec 4, 2017, 7:28 am CST