Politics 'Ground zero:' Trump's agenda at stake in Alabama

11:20  11 december  2017
11:20  11 december  2017 Source:   usatoday.com

RNC reverses, will support Moore in Alabama

  RNC reverses, will support Moore in Alabama The Republican National Committee is reinstating its support of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore after initially cutting ties over allegations of sexual misconduct, The Hill confirmed on Monday.Breitbart News first reported that the RNC had decided to step back into the race just hours after President Trump fully endorsed the candidate.

Sexual misconduct allegations against Alabama Republican Roy Moore have upended the Senate race in the heart of Trump country, threatening to derail the president' s agenda and splitting Republicans over how far they will go to keep the seat as Democrat Doug Jones gains unexpected momentum.

Two days after the terror attacks of 9/11, just three blocks away from the smoke and ruins of ground zero , Donald Trump gave German reporter Stephan

President Trump's decision to go all in Friday for Senate candidate Roy Moore in Alabama makes the election a referendum on the president's agenda. © Joe Raedle, Getty Images President Trump's decision to go all in Friday for Senate candidate Roy Moore in Alabama makes the election a referendum on the president's agenda.

WASHINGTON — President Trump is "on trial" in Roy Moore's campaign for the U.S. Senate in Alabama, the Republican candidate's top political strategist said Sunday.

Two days before voters go to the polls, GOP strategist Dean Young said Trump's endorsement of the former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice despite sexual harassment and assault allegations has made the election "ground zero" for the president.

“This is President Trump's agenda, and that’s why it's so important that Judge Moore wins this race," Young said on ABC's This Week. "If they can beat him, they can beat his agenda."

GOP senator joins calls for ethics probe if Moore wins Senate election

  GOP senator joins calls for ethics probe if Moore wins Senate election Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) said Thursday that if Roy Moore is elected to the Senate next week, there should be an ethics investigation into the sexual assault and misconduct allegations against him. Tillis said on Buzzfeed's "AM to DM" Twitter morning show that he thinks an investigation should take place before the chamber moves to expel Moore or take other action."We need to examine the factsTillis said on Buzzfeed's "AM to DM" Twitter morning show that he thinks an investigation should take place before the chamber moves to expel Moore or take other action.

Alabama went for Donald Trump by 28 points, after all. Dirty tricks are nothing new in politics. Alabama voters considering their options should be running a not-too-complex calculation. Right down the line, Jones would be an energetic supporter of the entire Schumer-Pelosi agenda .

Trump ’ s legislative and judicial-appointment agenda : One fewer Republican vote in the Senate means less margin for error for Trump ’ s agenda in that chamber. And so Moore could underperform Trump by a whopping 25 points and still narrowly win this contest. Turnout in Alabama could be higher than

Moore's campaign against Democrat Doug Jones in a state that voted overwhelmingly for the president last November dominated the network and cable news shows Sunday. Most of those interviewed, including fellow Republican Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama, stuck by their denunciations of Moore over his alleged involvement with girls as young as 14.

"So many accusations, so many cuts, so many drip, drip, drip," Shelby said of the allegations against Moore. "When it got to the 14-year-old’s story, that was enough for me.”

Moore sat for a rare interview Sunday with "The Voice of Alabama Politics" reporter Bill Britt and once again denied the women's stories.

"I did not know any of the women who have charged me with sexual allegations of molestation," he said. "These allegations are completely false. I did not date underage women. I did not molest anyone."

Roy Moore: America Was 'Great' During 'Slavery'

  Roy Moore: America Was 'Great' During 'Slavery' "Can't make this up," a former Obama official tweeted regarding Moore's comments.At a campaign event earlier this year, an audience member asked Moore for his opinion on when the last time America was "great." Moore responded: "I think it was great at the time when families were united—even though we had slavery—they cared for one another…. Our families were strong, our country had a direction." The individual who asked the question was among the only African-Americans in attendance at the rally.

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Three days after allegations of sexual misconduct with teenage girls hit Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, the race here has become a tossup that threatens President Trump ’ s agenda in Congress and has split Republicans over how far they’re willing to go to save the seat from a Democrat.

Trump gave the 70-year-old insurgent candidate a full-throated endorsement Friday night during a rally across the border in Pensacola, Fla. And Politico reported the president was set to record a robocall for Moore to be used on the eve of the election.

Republicans are deeply divided over the prospect of helping and seating Moore, a controversial figure in state and national politics because of his deeply conservative views on subjects ranging from abortion and Muslims to homosexuality and same-sex marriage.

He was twice elected chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court but was removed both times — first for refusing to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments and later for directing probate judges to enforce the state's ban on same-sex marriage after it was deemed unconstitutional.

After The Washington Post reported last month that four women said Moore pursued and in some cases sexually harassed or assaulted them as teen-agers in the 1970s, when he was in his early 30s, national Republican leaders called on him to leave the race. Several other women have made allegations against Moore since then. He has denied all the charges.

Trump looks to boost Moore with Friday rally

  Trump looks to boost Moore with Friday rally President Trump is headed to Florida on Friday for a rally that appears aimed at boosting Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore's chances in a special election next week. The trip to Pensacola, Fla. - just 20 miles away from the Alabama border - may have initially been scheduled to give Trump a way to rally the Republican base in Alabama while keeping some distance from Moore, who is accused of molesting teenagers.But Trump explicitly endorsed Moore this week, calling the candidate directly to offer his support.

Back in 2010, a group of Muslim investors wanted to build a mosque near Ground Zero in lower Manhattan. This sparked outrage with millions of Americans who found it to be a slap in the face to allow a mosque to be built near such hollowed ground . That billionaire was Donald Trump .

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Trump refused to join the chorus against Moore and ultimately urged Alabama voters to elect him during Friday's rally in Florida. That makes the election not only a referendum on Moore and sexual harassment but on the president and his agenda.

"This is Donald Trump on trial in Alabama," Moore's strategist said.

Rep. Terri Sewell, the only Democrat in the state's Washington delegation, went further. “This election is really about the soul of this nation,” she said on ABC.

While Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell has backed off his anti-Moore rhetoric and now says it's up to Alabama's voters, other Republicans made clear Sunday they still oppose Moore. Shelby, who voted absentee, said on CNN's State of the Union that he wrote in the name of a "distinguished Republican."

“There are a number of people in the party who are not supporting Roy Moore,” Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., said on NBC's Meet the Press. “The allegations (of sexual harassment) are significantly stronger than the denials.”

Alabama Senate race winner urges Republican rival to 'move on' .
Alabama Democrat Doug Jones, who won a bitter fight for a U.S. Senate seat this week, on Thursday called on his Republican opponent to concede the race and help heal the Southern state after a deeply divisive contest. Roy Moore, the conservative Christian Republican whose campaign was tainted by accusations that he pursued teenaged girls while in his 30s, made a second statement on Wednesday night in which he did not concede the election.

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