Published: Tue, December 05, 2017
World | By Melba Underwood

Trump formally endorses Roy Moore's campaign

Trump formally endorses Roy Moore's campaign

President Trump endorsed embattled Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore this morning, tweeting "we need Roy Moore to win in Alabama". In backing Moore, Trump cited Democratic obstruction on the tax reform bill. "We need his vote on stopping crime, illegal immigration, Border Wall, Military, Pro Life, V.A., Judges 2nd Amendment and more", Trump tweeted in support of a candidate the Republican National Committee pulled its funding from.

Trump has derided Jones in statements supporting Moore, calling Jones a "Pelosi/Schumer Puppet!"

Trump's endorsement followed weeks of silence and a tepid statement about the race.

Moore has been accused by several women of sexual misconduct when they were in their teens and Moore, now 70, was in his thirties. The president's vocal support of Moore also comes after the Associated Press reports that several high-ranking Republicans had asked Moore to step aside in the race. The explosive revelations were published by the Washington Post, which has interviewed more than 30 people who knew Moore between 1977 and 1982. "The President wrapped up the call with a 'go get 'em, Roy!'"

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At a campaign event on November 27, Moore, who first said he remembered several of the women, including Wesson Gibson, backtracked, the Post reported.

Trump had so far avoided a full-throated endorsement of Moore, choosing instead to attack Moore's opponent, Democrat Doug Jones. But let's at least try to keep things real: "If you vote for Moore, you're doing it because he's not a Democrat, rather than because he's some holy soldier on a special mission for God".

The timing of the rally "could not be better", Michael Glassner, executive director of Donald Trump for President, said in a news release. "Jones, I've looked at his record". It's awful on the border.

Even before the allegations surfaced, Moore was a controversial far-right candidate.

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