Donald Trump is officially backing Luther Strange for U.S. Senate from Alabama, however, he is not dissing the candidate that many believe is the best MAGA choice, Roy Moore. In fact, Donald Trump has announced that he will be backing the winner of the runoff election, no matter which one of them it is.
Judging by the polls, it looks like that winner will very likely be Moore.
Trump traveled to Alabama to stump for Strange days before he faces off against Roy Moore, a former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice, in Tuesday’s runoff.Moore has led in polls while campaigning with several top Trump allies, while Strange has boasted the support of Trump and the GOP establishment.Trump insisted Friday night that Strange had a better chance of winning the primary and going onto win the general election.“I have to say this, and you understand this, and just look at the polls. Luther will definitely win,” he said. “Roy [Moore] has a very good chance of not winning in the general election.”The president said if Strange does not win, he would be blamed for the loss.
The endorsement has driven a wedge between Trump and some key allies in and out of his administration, who have backed Moore.The president’s own Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson broke with the president on Friday to publicly back Moore, who is seen as an anti-establishment favorite.Moore has also earned the endorsements of Trump’s former chief strategist Stephen Bannon and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R).Strange on the other hand, has garnered the endorsement of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).Trump insisted Friday that Strange would “end business as usual” in Washington and argued that Strange was not close to the Republican establishment in D.C.“Luther Strange is determined to drain that swamp,” Trump said to applause.