President Donald Trump has been hesitant to throw his full support behind Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore due to the sexual misconduct allegations hanging over the Republican’s head. But he put aside his misgivings on Monday and offered Moore the full-throated endorsement that many have been waiting for.
“Democrats refusal to give even one vote for massive Tax Cuts is why we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama,” Trump tweeted. “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!”
In a follow-up tweet, Trump wrote: “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!”
The president isn’t the only one changing his tune when it comes to the embattled Alabama Republican. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was uncompromising in his criticism of Moore when the Washington Post allegations first broke, insisting that he “believes the women,” that Moore was “not fit” for the Senate, and that the GOP leadership was drafting plans to “prevent that from happening.”
However, on ABC’s “This Week” program on Sunday, McConnell was no longer talking about a scheme to block Moore from taking a seat in the Senate. “I’m going to let the people of Alabama make the call,” he said.
As for Moore, he publicly thanked the president for coming to his side. “Thankful for President Trump’s support,” he wrote on Monday. “The America First agenda will #MAGA. Can’t wait to help him #DrainTheSwamp.”
Winning this seat was always a longshot for Democrats, even with the accusations against Moore. But they haven’t done themselves any favors. Not only have they signaled to President Trump that they are determined to keep playing the role of obstructionists to his agenda, they are running a guy, Doug Jones, who is like liberal poison to the prolife voters of Alabama. While trying to pass himself off as a “conservative Democrat,” Jones has made statements like, “I’m not in favor of anything that is going to infringe on a woman’s right and her freedom to choose.” That’s just…not what the voters of Alabama want to hear from their Senate candidates. With his extreme-liberal position on abortion, Jones cost himself the small but real shot he had of pulling off a deep-South upset.
With Trump’s endorsement in the basket, Moore is probably home free. Unless the mainstream media is holding back another pack of wild allegations against him until the day before the special election, this one is likely in the bag. Moore will go to the Senate, providing both Trump and – in no small measure – Steve Bannon – a huge political victory.