Some call it the “Trump effect.”
The Republican National Committee suddenly reversed course after it had distanced itself from Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore. Both the RNC and the National Republican Senatorial Committee announced last month that they would no longer support the embattled candidate when 40-year-old allegations of sexual misconduct with underage girls surfaced before Alabama’s special election on December 12.
President Donald Trump, however, made the bold move to officially endorse the controversial candidate on Monday.
Trump had supported Moore’s challenger Luther Strange in the senate primary, but eventually concluded that Moore was a much better option than essentially giving a Senate seat to a Democrat.
Moore was ecstatic when he got the news via a phone call directly from the President.
“Go get ’em, Roy!” – President Trump
Just got off the phone with President Trump who offered his full support and said he needs a fighter to help him in the US Senate.
I look forward to fighting alongside the President to #MAGA!
— Judge Roy Moore (@MooreSenate) December 4, 2017
“The President had a positive call with Judge Roy Moore during which they discussed the state of the Alabama Senate race and the President endorsed Judge Moore’s campaign,” White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah said, according The Hill.
After Trump threw the media’s anti-Moore narrative aside to put his support behind Moore, the RNC quickly came around.
“We can confirm our involvement in the Alabama Senate race,” an RNC official told The Hill.
Conservative website Breitbart first reported the RNC’s re-involvement with Moore’s campaign hours after Trump’s endorsement.
“The Breitbart story is real,” a second source told the Hill.
Despite Moore’s vehement denial of any wrongdoing, last month Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell threatened that Moore would face a Senate Ethics Committee investigation if he won the election.
McConnell has reluctantly come around to accept Moore has a candidate and indicated that the RNC might be changing its tune when he said Monday that it’s the Alabama voters who should decide Moore’s political fate.
Now, there’s a concept.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) December 5, 2017
The RNC’s change of heart comes as one of Moore’s accusers stepped up with new evidence of an alleged relationship with Moore when she was 17 and he was 34.
Like Trump, Moore is an ousider that many believe establishment candidates fear. But it’s Moore’s anti-establishment rigor that has Alabama voters hopeful for change, and the embattled candidate’s fighting spirit has kept him in the running in the polls despite an onslought of negative press.
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