President Trump visits Huntsville in support of Luther Strange
- Author: Leroy Wright Sep 23, 2017,
Sep 23, 2017, 8:46
Moore would seem to be a flawless ally for the President - someone who rails against the GOP Establishment, focusing much of his ire on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell - but Mr. Trump has stuck with "Big Luther", who has trailed in the polls leading up to the runoff.
Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon is also throwing in his support of Moore, but he insists that this is in no way an attack against the president. Strange, facing an uphill battle, touted the president's endorsement repeatedly in a debate against Moore Thursday night.
"Nobody is going to put our people in that danger", said Trump in reference to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
"You are going to come back and kick everybody's ass", Trump said in reference to a call between himself and unusual regarding the Senate election. It is no surprise that McConnell is strongly supporting odd in his race against Moore, who is a bona fide conservative leader with a strong history of upholding constitutional principles on the Alabama Supreme Court.
Making it clear that he does not see Luther as the political insider Moore's campaign has made him out to be, Trump said, "Luther wants to end business as usual, stop the insider dealing, and Luther Strange is determined to DRAIN THAT SWAMP". "I feel like I'm from Alabama, frankly", he said.
Trump has been at odds with some of his closest aides, advisors and even his cabinet members in his support of unusual.
The sartorially challenged Goldman Sachs veteran, now running Breitbartafter a failed attempt to run the US government, is responding to the new political reality diagnosed by Bill Maher: Trump isn't bipartisan; he's bipolar. "If this man (Strange) wins (Tuesday)", Trump said, "that race (the general election) is over".
Moore said the Senate majority leader is to blame for the failure, thus far, to repeal former President Barack Obama's signature health care law. Polls show the race to be close.
Trump is set to campaign Friday night for Sen.
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"He's not a friend of Mitch McConnell, he doesn't know Mitch McConnell until recently", Trump said, decrying the "bad rap" that Strange's opponents had saddled him with as an establishment candidate. "He never went quid pro quo, he just treated me great". "It is a vote for the people's agenda that elected the president". Trump said. A "state of the art missile defense system" is being designed here, Trump said, adding, "Thank you very much, Huntsville".
As Senator, Strange declined to co-sponsor the RAISE Act, an immigration bill that is supported by President Trump. Later, Strange changed his view to align with President Trump, but only after finishing second to Moore in the Senate primary election.
"You gotta speak to Jeff Sessions about that", Trump said, referring to his attorney general, who had previously been an Alabama senator.
It's the circumstances of Strange's appointment that are handicapping his chances - as the state attorney general, Strange's office was investigating the then-governor, under fire for a sex scandal he allegedly used his office to cover up.