Posted: 12:59 pm Monday, December 4th, 2017
By Jamie Dupree
A few hours after tweeting out his support for controversial Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, the White House said President Donald Trump called Moore from Air Force One on Monday, making clear his support for Moore’s election bid, putting Mr. Trump squarely at odds with a number of GOP Senators who have said they find Moore to be an unacceptable candidate.
“The President had a positive call with Judge Roy Moore during which they discussed the state of the Alabama Senate race and the President endorsed Judge Moore’s campaign,” reporters were told by Principal White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah.
“Go get ’em Roy!” Moore quoted the President as saying.
Earlier, Mr. Trump had for the first time directly expressed his support for Moore on Twitter, tucking that declaration into another jab at Moore’s opponent in Alabama, Democrat Doug Jones, whom the President has repeatedly labeled a ‘puppet’ of top Democratic leaders in the House and Senate.
Democrats refusal to give even one vote for massive Tax Cuts is why we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama. We need his vote on stopping crime, illegal immigration, Border Wall, Military, Pro Life, V.A., Judges 2nd Amendment and more. No to Jones, a Pelosi/Schumer Puppet!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 4, 2017
"Go get 'em, Roy!" – President Trump
Just got off the phone with President Trump who offered his full support and said he needs a fighter to help him in the US Senate.
I look forward to fighting alongside the President to #MAGA!
— Judge Roy Moore (@MooreSenate) December 4, 2017
The President will be holding a campaign rally on Friday night in Pensacola, Florida, which is only about fifteen miles from the Alabama border, and will certainly attract press attention in the Yellowhammer State.
For weeks, Moore has been echoing attacks made by the President against Jones to help raise money for the Alabama Senate race, as Moore argues he’s been “kicked and dragged through the mud by establishment Republicans and the liberal media – mostly elitists in Washington.”
“But this week President Trump stood up and defended me against the lies and sleazy accusations launched against me by the forces of evil in Washington,” Moore wrote in a fundraising email at Thanksgiving.
Today’s full and direct endorsement was welcomed by Moore’s camp as well.
Roy Moore's wife says he just got off the phone with President Trump. She adds, "We have his full support." pic.twitter.com/ohzp9leAhH
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) December 4, 2017
New from Moore campaign touting Trump's endorsement and phone call: "The President wrapped up the call with a "go get 'em, Roy!" pic.twitter.com/ANVbt7Xa2T
— Elaina Plott (@elainaplott) December 4, 2017
While the President has fully embraced Moore, a number of Republicans in the U.S. Senate have made clear they want no part of him, horrified by multiple accusations against him of past sexual misconduct.
But in recent days, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell seemed to downplay some of his opposition to Moore, saying the “voters of Alabama will make their choice.”
I am pulling my endorsement and support for Roy Moore for U.S. Senate.
— Steve Daines (@SteveDaines) November 10, 2017
Moore had been favored to win the election to complete the term of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who left the Senate to run the Department of Justice in the Trump Administration, until stories surfaced that he had – in his 30’s – engaged in relationships and pursued teenage girls while working as a local prosecutor.
It was only a few weeks ago that the White House said the President had found the allegations against Moore to be ‘extremely troubling’ – but now, Mr. Trump is fully on board with Moore.
The Alabama special election for U.S. Senate is December 12.