Trump offers second Moore endorsement days before Alabama election (Politico)

Trump offers second Moore endorsement days before Alabama election

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Roy Moore, a controversial former chief judge of the Alabama Supreme Court, has been accused by multiple woman of sexual misconduct. | Brynn Anderson/AP

Trump offers second Moore endorsement days before Alabama election

President Donald Trump offered another full-throated pitch on Friday for Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, imploring Alabama voters to keep the seat under GOP control and away from a “Pelosi/Schumer puppet,” Democrat Doug Jones.

“LAST thing the Make America Great Again Agenda needs is a Liberal Democrat in Senate where we have so little margin for victory already,” the president wrote on Twitter. “The Pelosi/Schumer Puppet Jones would vote against us 100% of the time. He’s bad on Crime, Life, Border, Vets, Guns & Military. VOTE ROY MOORE!”

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Moore, a controversial former chief judge of the Alabama Supreme Court, has been accused by multiple woman of sexual misconduct, including one who alleged she was molested by Moore when she was 14 and he was in his 30s. Moore has denied the charges.

The allegations, which began to surface weeks ago, prompted an immediate distancing of Washington Republicans away from Moore’s campaign. Trump, in a statement, called on Moore to step aside if the allegations were true and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he believed the accusations to be credible and called on the Alabama Republican to drop his Senate bid. The Republican National Senatorial Committee and the Republican National Committee both canceled fundraising agreements with Moore’s campaign.

Despite calls from Washington, Moore has refused to drop his Senate bid and has characterized the allegations against him as a conspiracy of the media and the Republican establishment. And gradually, Republicans have begun to come back into the fold. Trump officially endorsed Moore earlier this week, bringing with him the support of the RNC. And McConnell, weeks after saying he believed Moore’s accusers, has more recently said the fate of his campaign should be left up to Alabamian voters.

While Republicans control both houses of Congress, their two-seat majority in the Senate has proven to be especially tenuous. The GOP was unable to pass legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare, a key Republican priority, over the summer, and passed a tax reform package last week with just two votes to spare.

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December 8, 2017 at 07:51AM

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