Sunday, 23 September, 2018

Moore tweets thanks for Trump's endorsement

President Donald Trump restated his support for Roy Moore the besieged Republican Senate candidate for the senate seat in Alabama Donald Trump ‘We Need Republican Roy Moore to Win in Alabama’ by Charlie Spiering4 Dec 20170 4 Dec 2017 4 Dec 2017
Freda Brock | 04 December, 2017, 16:17

"Mr Moore, contesting the seat created after Jeff Sessions became attorney general, replied to the endorsement by saying he "can't wait to help" Mr Trump "#DrainTheSwamp".

Trump for weeks was silent after the allegations against Moore surfaced, and the White House has said he had no plans to make campaign appearances before the December 12 election.

In a post on Twitter, Trump said Republicans needed Moore to win in order to secure votes on key issues such as immigration even as other Republicans have backed away from the candidate.

Trump also had assailed Moore's Democratic rival Doug Jones, tweeting that "Putting a 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".

It was Mr Trump's most vocal endorsement of Mr Moore, who has lost the backing of many top Republicans since he was hit with allegations of sexual misconduct decades ago. If Jones defeats Moore next week, Republicans' Senate majority would narrow to just 51-49.

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The Alabama race has drawn national attention in the weeks since The Washington Post first reported accusations by multiple women that Moore initiated unwanted sexual encounters with them while he was in his 30s and they were teenagers. Moore has called the allegations false.

In the initial aftermath of the report, Trump remained mum in public and his staff suggested the President did not support Moore because he was not campaigning in Alabama.

Democrat John Conyers, a celebrated civil rights leader who is the longest-serving member of Congress, announced he was stepping down from a leadership position last month as he battles harassment claims from members of his staff. "If you look at all the things that have happened over the last 48 hours".

Moore has faced several critics within his own party in the Senate, but as his campaign has endured the allegations, some have softened their stance.

The bill heads to reconciliation now and will need to be approved again by the Senate after it is combined with the version the House passed. Colorado Republican Cory Gardner, who is heading Senate Republicans' 2018 campaign efforts, has said that if Moore wins he should be expelled from the Senate.

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