Updated at 3:23 p.m. | Donald Trump on Monday gave his strongest endorsement yet to Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore, making clear that keeping the seat in Republican hands is more important to the president than the sexual misconduct charges against the former judge.
The president used a pair of tweets to urge Alabama voters to send Moore to the Senate in next Tuesday’s special election, writing that Democrats’ blanket opposition to the just-passed Senate Republican tax cut bill shows Moore’s vote is necessary.
But Trump did not stop there, stating that Moore will side with him and Republican on a slew of issues important to GOP voters, along with an attack on Democratic challenger Doug Jones.
“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!” Trump wrote.
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
Trump’s Monday morning tweets were an even clearer and stronger endorsement than comments he made on Moore on Nov. 21, when he said: “We don’t need a liberal person in there, a Democrat.”
Putting Pelosi/Schumer Liberal Puppet Jones into office in Alabama would hurt our great Republican Agenda of low on taxes, tough on crime, strong on military and borders...& so much more. Look at your 401-k’s since Election. Highest Stock Market EVER! Jobs are roaring back!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 4, 2017
A little later Monday morning, Moore fired off his own tweet letting his followers know he and Trump are united in the race. After Trump endorsed his candidacy, the GOP candidate tweeted he is "Thankful for President Trump's support."
Moore added: "The America First agenda will #MAGA. Can't wait to help him #DrainTheSwamp."
Thankful for President Trump's support.The America First agenda will #MAGA. Can't wait to help him #DrainTheSwamp.#ALSEN https://t.co/pYu9h7TYVN — Judge Roy Moore (@MooreSenate) December 4, 2017
Several polls show Moore now leading the former prosecutor in the closely watched race, showing the GOP candidate’s strategy of firing up GOP voters by casting his sexual misconduct conduct charges as a coordinated operation by the Republican establishment and mainstream media has been highly effective.
Trump is expected to travel to Pensacola, Florida, on Friday for a campaign-style rally four days before the special election. White House aides have said he is not expected to step foot in Alabama on Moore’s behalf, but the Pensacola television market covers parts of the Yellowhammer State.
Many Senate Republicans have made their opposition to Moore joining their conference clear, but even moderate Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, believes they will have to seat him if he defeats Jones due to the chamber's Constitutional obligations.
"But under the Constitution, the test on whether or not you seat someone is whether they satisfy the age and residency requirements," she recently told CNN. "So, we would have to seat him, but I hope we don't get there. I think we're getting ahead of ourselves. And I hope that the voters of Alabama choose not to elect him."
Trump, who also has faced sexual misconduct charges, is trying to convince Alabama voters to do just that - and is no longer being subtle.
Jones has drastically outraised GOP nominee Roy Moore for the Alabama Senate race, new campaign finance documents show.
Jones raised nearly six times ($10.2 million to $1.8 million) Moore’s amount ahead of the Dec. 12 special election to fill the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Jones headed into the final weeks of the race with roughly four times as much money in the bank than his GOP opponent.
— Bridget Bowman contributed to this report.