President Trump says he knew Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore would lose in Tuesday’s special election — and that his prediction was correct.
“The reason I originally endorsed Luther Strange (and his numbers went up mightily), is that I said Roy Moore will not be able to win the General Election,” Trump tweeted early Wednesday. “I was right! Roy worked hard but the deck was stacked against him!”
“If last night’s election proved anything,” he added, “it proved that we need to put up GREAT Republican candidates to increase the razor thin margins in both the House and Senate.”
Yet the president repeatedly supported Moore, an alleged predator of teen girls, even as other Republicans shied away. At a campaign rally less than 20 miles away from the Alabama border last weekend, Trump said that the “future of the country” depended on his victory.
Democrat Doug Jones defeated Moore on Tuesday night in a stunning victory that sent shockwaves throughout the GOP. The deep red state had not voted for a Democrat in a Senate race in 25 years. Moore is refusing to concede the race.
Trump backed Strange in the primary, and at a campaign rally in Alabama in September, the president suggested that Moore could lose.