Trump’s base is still reeling from his somewhat traitorous move to snuggle up to Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer in “promising” away a no-amnesty pledge in exchange for wall funding. And while the rest of the White House’s week was spent doing some major backpedaling, to rescind that message, his America is steaming.
Going forward, everyone, on the left, right and populist, is waiting to see just what the president meant by his shenanigans and how that plays out in terms of his past campaign promises, he makes a move in direct opposition to the wishes of voters in Alabama. He’s campaigning for an unpopular, very unpopular senate candidate.
The race between Judge Roy Moore and Luther Strange is a rub against the establishment inside the beltway, in much the same way the 2016 presidential election played out. And the president is on the wrong side of the issue, according to the latest polls and the voters.
Breitbart has this:
President Donald Trump announced on Twitter Saturday night that he plans to campaign for Luther Strange in Alabama, a seriously risky move that has little to no upside for the struggling president.
“I will be in Huntsville, Alabama, on Saturday night to support Luther Strange for Senate,” Trump Tweeted. “‘Big Luther’ is a great guy who gets things done!”
I will be in Huntsville, Alabama, on Saturday night to support Luther Strange for Senate. "Big Luther" is a great guy who gets things done!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 16, 2017
Strange is significantly trailing conservative Judge Roy Moore, the former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, in all recent legitimate polling. Only push polls from a PAC backing Strange, the Senate Leadership Fund which is associated with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have the race even remotely close. Every other poll shows double-digit leads for Moore.
The manner in which Strange obtained incumbency is in and of itself entirely problematic. When now Attorney General Jeff Sessions was appointed to lead President Trump’s Justice Department, then-Gov. Robert Bentley appointed Strange into the U.S. Senate seat Sessions vacated. But, it turns out, Strange–as the attorney general of Alabama–had been investigating Bentley for a corruption and sex scandal that later claimed his job. Bentley was forced to resign over the scandal, and it turns out Strange had asked the state legislature to stall its impeachment proceedings of Bentley until after he was appointed into the Senate seat.
Strange is also someone who has been aligned against the president’s agenda when it comes to Senate rules, as he for months supported the 60-vote filibuster rule blocking most of the president’s agenda from passing in the U.S. Senate. He eventually demonstrated weakness by flip-flopping against it after signing a letter supporting it, and publicly campaigning for it.
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