Late last week, the grassroots organization “Citizens for Trump” announced that it is endorsing Judge Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race against incumbent Luther Strange, who was appointed to fill the seat vacated by Jeff Sessions when he was named Attorney General.
The statement by Tim Selaty Sr., Executive Director of Citizens for Trump, reads:
Citizens for Trump is proud to endorse former Alabama State Supreme Court Chief Justice, Judge Roy Moore for U.S Senate. Judge Moore is an avid and loyal supporter of President Trump’s. The Judge has proven to be a great man of principle and integrity by his conduct.
We’re honored to support Judge Moore and believe he’s the clear choice to represent Alabama in the U.S. Senate and the only candidate who’ll work closely with President Trump to Make America Great again for all its citizenry.
We urge all of our fellow Alabama Trump supporters to vote for Judge Roy Moore on Tuesday, September 26.
Jan Morgan, National Spokeswoman for the organization, gave the following statement:
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President Trump, however, has endorsed “swamp creature” Luther Strange, but on Friday said that endorsement may have been a mistake.
“We have to be loyal in life,” he said. “There is something called loyalty, and I might have made a mistake and I’ll be honest, I might have made a mistake.”
According to Breitbart:
Trump appeared in Alabama for a campaign rally for Strange, despite polling showing him still lagging behind his primary challenger conservative Judge Roy Moore.
Trump predicted that if Strange lost, his political opponents and the media would cite it as a big loss for Trump, but that he wanted to repay the appointed senator for his loyal support in the Senate.
“Both are good men,” Trump said, referring to Strange and Moore.
He specified that his decision was about loyalty and picking a candidate that could win in a general election.
“Luther will definitely win … Roy has a very good chance of not winning in the general election,” Trump said.
Trump continued to assert that Strange doesn’t know Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., despite the $8 million the McConnell-aligned Senate Leadership Fund Super PAC has spent on his behalf.
The president also claimed that Strange is a newcomer to Washington, D.C., despite the fact that Strange has spent eight years as a D.C. lobbyist for an Alabama-based gas utility company.
He began working at Sonat in 1980 and was promoted to head of the company’s Washington office in 1985, representing Sonat in Congress until 1994, according to al.com.
And it seems that Strange is beginning to feel a certain amount of desperation. In the final days of the campaign, he released what was described as a “Willie Horton” type of attack in a context-less ad that implied Moore shielded a child molester from justice and downplayed the seriousness of child sex abuse as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.
According to Strange’s ad, a “liberal court” struck down “a” Higdon conviction. Glossed over is the word “a.” At no point was Higdon’s 23-year sentence in question. Instead, the case concerned a second count of “forcible” sodomy that netted Higdon another 15-year sentence that he would serve concurrently and would have no effect on his release date.
The “liberal court” to which the ad refers is the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals. All five members of the court are Republicans, as they were in 2014 when Higdon’s case came before them. Not only is the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals rarely if ever described as “liberal,” it is a frequent target of left-wing media seeking to portray it as an unjust and even racist southern court because of its overwhelmingly “tough-on-crime” record. In 2016, the NAACP went as far as to sue to have Alabama’s democratic system of judicial elections overturned because each of the five judges Alabamans chose to elect to the court were white.
Directly applying Alabama Supreme Court precedent, the Court of Criminal Appeals ruled that, because there was no evidence Higdon used any violence or made any threats to his victims, the state had not presented enough evidence to sustain an element of this second conviction that required “[p]hysical force that overcomes earnest resistance or a threat, express or implied, that places another person in fear of immediate death or serious physical injury to himself or another person.”
It was only this statutory legal standard to which Moore was referring in the Strange campaign ad’s context-less and embellished quote that Moore “saw no threat of serious physical injury to the child victim.”
“Chief Justice Moore agreed with the Court of Criminal Appeals, arguing that to overturn precedent and allow the fact that Higdon was a day care worker to constitute an “implied threat” of ‘death or serious physical injury’ would mean the ‘court was stepping into the shoes of the legislature.’ Moore emphasized the importance of the roles of the different branches of government and wrote, ‘Although this may be a noble cause in certain situations, policymaking is beyond the role of this Court,'” Breitbart added.
Moore has been endorsed by a large number of prominent conservatives, including Sarah Palin, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Al., Chuck Norris, Alan Keyes and Dr. James Dobson.
The special election takes place this Tuesday.
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