President Trump didn’t give a strong endorsement to Alabama’s GOP candidate for Senate, Roy Moore, but he left the door open for it to come in the future. He also didn’t deny the possibility that he could be campaigning for Moore.
When asked if he would be, the President replied, “I’ll let you know next week.”
One thing is clear: he definitely doesn’t want Democrat Doug Jones to take the seat that was once held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. This desire to stop Jones may be enough for the President to break from most Republican Senators and Congressman who have broken ties and unendorsed Moore.
“We don’t need a liberal Democrat in that seat,” said Trump. “He [Roy Moore] totally denies them, you have to listen to him also … we don’t need somebody soft on crime like Jones.”
This makes sense for the President and not just for party reasons. As someone who has also been accused multiple times of sexual misconduct, it behooves him to stand by someone who has had accusations made against him. At this point, there seems to be a sliver of doubt being cast on some of the allegations, though a majority of Republicans on Capitol Hill are treating them as credible.
In Moore’s defense, the President reiterated a point that Moore has been making since the allegations were first reported by the Washington Post:
“I do have to say, 40 years is a long time. He has run eight races and this has never come up.”
If the President chooses to campaign for Moore next week, he’ll be running squarely against the Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell. Before the allegations were reported, it was very unlikely McConnell would have supported Moore, though he certainly wouldn’t have opposed them. Moments after the allegations were released, McConnell and many of his cronies were instantaneous in their rebukes against Moore. McConnell has also indicated he would immediately open an ethics investigation against Moore if he wins the election on December 12.
The race is tighter than one might expect when a candidate is accused of sexually assaulting children while in his thirties. In conservative Alabama, a nod from the President may even be enough to push Moore over the top.
President Donald Trump all but endorsed Ten Commandments Judge Roy Moore on Tuesday in an exchange with reporters, casting doubt on the allegations against the legendary former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, a Christian conservative constitutionalist.
Reporters pressed Trump on whether he believed the various allegations against Moore that have been orchestrated less than a month away from the December 12, Alabama U.S. Senate election.
The President repeated that Judge Moore “totally denies” the claims, revealing that Moore told him that himself and that he’s a “very special guy.”