Published: Mon, December 11, 2017
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

Trump records robocall for Roy Moore ahead of Alabama special election

Trump records robocall for Roy Moore ahead of Alabama special election

President Donald Trump recorded a robocall for Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore ahead of Tuesday's election, deputy White House press secretary Raj Shah confirmed Saturday night.

Trump seized on the news Friday that one of Moore's accusers, Beverly Young Nelson, acknowledged writing some notes in a high school yearbook that she had offered to support her claim that Moore tried to rape her in 1977 when she was 16 after offering to give her a ride home from work.

The President has cast Democratic candidate Doug Jones as too liberal for Alabama, and warned that Republicans can't afford to lose a vote in the Senate, where they hold a 52-48 majority.

"Judge Moore's going to go to Washington, Judge Moore is going to win and I highly doubt there's going to be a Senate investigation", Young said, referring to the possibility of a Senate Ethics Committee probe into numerous women's allegations of sexual misconduct against Moore.

President Donald Trump returned on Friday to one of the pivotal states that gave him the presidency previous year, even while delivering a message to its neighbor to the west: Reject Democrat Doug Jones in the Alabama Senate race. Last week we learned he started dating his wife, Kayla, before she was done divorcing her first husband. "Jones will always vote against what we must do for our Country". You know, the yearbook? "There was a little mistake made". But the location - so close to the Alabama state line and feeding its television markets - stoked speculation that it was a backdoor way for the president to boost Moore's campaign without actually setting foot in the state.

He also mocked one of the women who has accused Moore of pursuing a sexual relationship with her when she was a teenager and he was in his 30s.

"We can not lose a seat in the very, very close United States senate". But it's also part of the scheme of political parties today and political candidates and both parties, quite frankly, to degrade your opponent - to take him down so you appear to go up.

"They're resisting the will of the American people - that's what they're resisting", Trump said.

That's why it was so notable when the White House said the president wouldn't explicitly campaign for Moore.

"He's their total puppet and everybody knows it", Trump said during a wide-ranging speech that included riffs on the USA immigration system and the nation's economic performance since he took office. Luther Strange, who lost the GOP runoff election to Moore. If a Democrat won a Senate seat in Alabama for the first time in 30-some years, Trump could technically distance himself from the loser by saying he didn't campaign for him.

Alisha Maddalena described herself as a "strong woman" who still doesn't believe Moore's accusers. "Terrible. Terrible", Trump said.

Trump said the United States has "thousands of people right now under surveillance", without offering more details.

Others were Trump supporters eager to see the president in person. If there was truth in them, he should withdraw, he said.

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