Both President Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee have changed course only a week before the special election in Alabama, choosing to throw their full support behind Senate candidate Roy Moore.
“We stand with the president,” a senior RNC official said in comments to Breitbart News.
President Trump was even more ostentatious with his turnaround on Moore, praising him on Twitter and imploring Alabama voters to make sure that “Schumer/Pelosi puppet” Doug Jones does not get a seat in the Senate.
The RNC officially told the local Alabama affiliate that the national party would back Moore’s candidacy on Monday, a turnaround that should allow a fresh injection of money to flow into the judge’s campaign and possibly make the determining difference in a race that is far closer than it has any right to be. It is, of course, the reason for that tightness – the sexual assault allegations against Moore – that has compelled both the president and the national party to keep their distance. While neither the president nor the RNC has denounced Moore the way some in the Republican establishment have, it was not until this week that he received their wholehearted endorsement.
“Democrats refusal to give even one vote for massive Tax Cuts is why we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama,” Trump wrote on Monday. “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!”
He went further, saying that a Jones victory would stop Republicans from making important progress.
“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!” he wrote.
Clearly, both the president and the party have decided that it’s more important to further that agenda – an agenda that was voted on by the majority of Americans in 2016 – than it is to get high and mighty about the allegations against Moore. At the end of the day, it is best to let the people of Alabama decide who should represent them in the Senate, and it only makes sense to give the running Republican the full support of the national party apparatus.