Trump Endorses Roy Moore in Alabama Senate Race

December 5, 2017 12:50, Last Updated: December 6, 2017 11:37

President Donald Trump on Monday endorsed Republican candidate Roy Moore for Senator in the Alabama special election race.

Trump wrote on Twitter that he is supporting Moore because “We need his vote on stopping crime, illegal immigration, Border Wall, Military, Pro Life, V.A., Judges 2nd Amendment and more.”

Trump cited the vote on the tax bill in the Senate, where not a single Democrat voted in favor of it.

He also described Moore’s opponent, Doug Jones, as a “Pelosi/Schumer Puppet,” referring to the House and Senate minority leaders.

Trump spoke to Moore by phone to discuss the Alabama race, and to give his endorsement, Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley said aboard Air Force One on Dec. 4.

“The President would much rather have someone in the Senate who supported his agenda as opposed to someone who did not,” Gidley said.

President Donald Trump departs the White House for St. Louis, Mo., on Nov. 29, 2017. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

Moore, a former Alabama state judge, came under fire last month after The Washington Post reported that he had made unwanted sexual advances on a 14-year-old girl, at the age of 32.

Moore, however, has disputed the claims, and The Washington Post’s reporting has not been independently verified.

“The Judge has been married to Kayla for nearly 33 years, has 4 children, and 5 grandchildren. He has been a candidate in four hotly-contested statewide political contests … After over 40 years of public service, if any of these allegations were true, they would have been made public long before now,” Moore’s campaign said in a statement.

Alabama Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore and wife Kayla leave the Gallant Fire Hall after voting in the GOP runoff election in Gallant, Alabama, on Sept. 26, 2017. (Hal Yeager/Getty Images)

Moore’s legal team has also requested the release of a yearbook signature, which had been cited by Gloria Allred, an attorney representing one of Moore’s accusers, as proof of potential misconduct.

Allred said on CNN’s New day that she would only release the yearbook signature over to a third party if Moore appears before a Senate committee under oath.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Fox News that an ethics investigation of Moore is “almost certain” if he wins the election.

McConnell has been a fierce critic of Moore and backed his opponent, Luther Strange, in the Republican primaries.

Moore is currently 1.5 points ahead of Jones in a Real Clear Politics average as of Dec. 3.

 

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