The Wall Street Journal: Trump stands by Roy Moore, rips Democratic rival ( – Top Stories)

The Wall Street Journal: Trump stands by Roy Moore, rips Democratic rival

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump reiterated his stance that the election of Democrat Doug Jones to an Alabama Senate seat would mark a serious blow to the Republican agenda, while not explicitly saying he backed GOP nominee Roy Moore, who faces allegations of sexual misconduct with teenagers several decades ago.

“The last thing we need in Alabama and the U.S. Senate is a Schumer/Pelosi puppet,” Trump said Sunday on Twitter, referencing Democratic leaders Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York and Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California. “Jones would be a disaster!” said Trump, citing border security, crime and taxes among other issues.

Moore has denied any sexual misconduct and has vowed to stay in the race. He has blamed the national media and Democrats for spreading what he called false allegations.

In his tweets Sunday, Trump also tried to temper the appearance of a personal investment in Moore, noting that he originally supported Sen. Luther Strange, Moore’s Republican primary opponent, in the race. Strange was named to the seat to succeed Jeff Sessions when he became attorney general but lost the primary to Moore.

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November 26, 2017 at 01:28PM