On Wednesday, Donald Trump warned Alabama Republicans that they should not choose 2017 GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore for a rematch against Democratic Sen. Doug Jones. Trump assured his followers that he had “NOTHING against Roy Moore,” who multiple women have said preyed on them when they were teenagers. However, Trump declared, “Roy Moore cannot win, and the consequences will be devastating....Judges and Supreme Court Justices!”
Moore, who is mulling another Senate campaign, was not dissuaded, though. The former state Supreme Court chief justice, who couldn’t resist once again delighting in his well-earned reputation for homophobia, soon tweeted in response, “Ever wonder why the mere mention of my name scares the ‘hell’ out of the Washington DC establishment, liberals, and LGBT? Like Pres Trump I want to see America great again, but that is a job only God can do!” Moore also told the Associated Press that he wasn’t going to let Trump’s opposition keep him out of the race.
Moore has been openly considering seeking a rematch against Jones, who beat him 50-48 in 2017, for a few months. On Tuesday, Rep. Bradley Byrne, one of a few Republicans already running in next March’s Alabama primary, told The Hill that unnamed sources close to Moore had told him that the former judge would enter the race this June. A second member of the Alabama House delegation, whom The Hill did not identify, also said that he’d heard the same thing.
Moore’s team didn’t comment on the story, though Moore himself tweeted it out and added that Byrne “knows that if I run I will beat Doug Jones.” A few hours later, Trump told his followers that they should not back Moore because he would not beat Jones.
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