Republican Roy Moore is touting President Donald Trump's near-endorsement of him in a new fundraising email to supporters.
Trump has stopped short of outrighting endorsing Moore, but he once again assured that he wants to see the Democratic candidate, Doug Jones, defeated in the December special vote. "Jones would be a disaster!". The Times noted that Trump verified the accuracy of the tape and apologized for his recorded comments when they were first unearthed in October 2016.
"So, you know, ultimately the decision is up to the people of Alabama, but it strikes me at least that it would be in their best interest and in the country's best interest and certainly the best interest of our agenda if the President would use his influence to try to get Roy Moore to step aside". "I endorsed Luther Strange in the Alabama Primary", Trump wrote.
On Sunday, the president claimed that after he had supported unusual, the candidate "shot way up in the polls" - a claim he also made in September - but "it wasn't enough". In subsequent days, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders refused to engage with further questions about Moore, saying Alabama voters should choose their next senator, and Trump did not answer shouted questions about the race.
Trump's position stands in stark contrast to that of the Republican establishment, including the Senate leadership, many of whom have called on Moore to drop out of the race.
After keeping quiet about Moore's scandals for weeks, Trump told reporters last week that his top priority was making sure his party kept its Senate seat. Moore has denied all wrongdoing.
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"The moral of the story is don't nominate someone like Roy Moore who can actually lose the seat any other Republican could win", the South Carolina Republican told anchor Dana Bash.
Trump has still not said if he believes Moore's accusers are lying and he has not formally endorsed the former judge's campaign.
Moore and Jones are opponents in a special election to fill the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions to become the U.S. attorney general. The issue has even divided Trump's family.
The doubling down on Moore comes a day after a report in the New York Times said the president is annoyed with his daughter Ivanka after she called out the Alabama Republican over the sexual accusations.
Her words quickly became part of Jones' campaign ads in Alabama.
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