Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore is back and running for U.S. Senate – again.
And the Republican Party is not happy. Even Donald Trump, who like Moore has his own issues with allegations of sexual misconduct, is against another Moore candidacy.
Republicans cannot allow themselves to again lose the Senate seat in the Great State of Alabama. This time it will be for Six Years, not just Two. I have NOTHING against Roy Moore, and unlike many other Republican leaders, wanted him to win. But he didn’t, and probably won’t…..
…If Alabama does not elect a Republican to the Senate in 2020, many of the incredible gains that we have made during my Presidency may be lost, including our Pro-Life victories. Roy Moore cannot win, and the consequences will be devastating….Judges and Supreme Court Justices!
This is pure fake news. I can assure everyone that by running, Roy Moore is going against my father and he’s doing a disservice to all conservatives across the country in the process. https://t.co/pjfDKfoIO0
But Moore told NBC News on Friday, “I think the president’s being influenced by other people up there — the establishment.”
Multiple other Republican candidates have announced their own bids for the state’s Republican nomination to take on Jones in 2020. Moore told NBC News: “If people want them, they’ll elect them. But I have a strong base here. And they’ll elect me.”
He said the potential addition of Jeff Sessions, who served as senator from Alabama prior to being tapped as Trump’s first attorney general, would not lead him to exit the race.
“I don’t step aside for anybody when I’m running,” Moore said, adding: “I love Jeff Sessions. He’s a friend. I respect him. If he wants to get in the race, let him get in the race. I don’t have any problem with it.”
Republicans are promising to do everything they can to obliterate Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate primaryhttps://t.co/DQWznA0vpi
Retweeting this as Roy Moore announces he’s running for the Senate. Twice removed as Alabama’s Chief Justice for failing to follow the law & with a history of sexual misconduct toward minors, he will be the GOP’s front runner (at least until we hear if Sessions will get in.) https://t.co/zSsjS6KY3y
Former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore has announced he will run for the U.S. Senate again in 2020 and his spokesperson, Ted Crockett, chatted with CNN’s Jake Tapper about some of Moore’s controversial positions.
Among those – Moore’s belief that Muslims can’t serve in Congress (they can) because they can’t swear on a bible when being sworn in.
The law is that you can put your hand on anything when being sworn into office – a Christian bible, a Jewish bible, or a Quran (Muslim bible).
Check Crockett’s reaction when he gets schooled by Jake Tapper.
TAPPER: Roy Moore said he doesn’t think Muslims should be allowed to serve in Congress. Why?
ROY MOORE SPOX TED CROCKETT: Because you have to swear on the Bible
TAPPER: You don’t actually have to swear on a Christian Bible
Republican Roy Moore (L) and Democrat Doug Jones (R)
Well, this is just delicious!
Last month, on the eve of the Alabama election to replace the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions, Republican candidate Roy Moore watched his wife tell a crowd that rumors of the Moores being anti-Semitic were untrue because “One of our attorneys is a Jew!”
That lawyer, Richard Jaffe, was hired to defend the Moore’s son against drug charges in 2016.
It turns out Jaffe is a longtime friend and supporter of the Democrat in that race, Doug Jones.
Jaffe told the Washington Examiner he has been close personal friends with Doug Jones for more than 30 years and he both contributed to, and raised money for, his campaign.
“There could not be a more passionate supporter of Doug than me!” Jaffe said.
The Birmingham-based lawyer walked alongside Jones as he took center stage to deliver his acceptance speech and plans to be in the Senate gallery on Wednesday as Jones is sworn in.
Remember when Roy Moore's wife insisted that she and her husband couldn't be anti-semitic because one of their attorneys was a Jew? Anyway, turns out that this attorney, Richard Jaffe, actually voted for Doug Jones. Also raised money for his campaign. Which is just so…perfect. pic.twitter.com/i1jJQX4ObH— Michael Arnovitz (@MichaelArnovitz) January 2, 2018
Failed Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore still refuses to concede he lost the U.S. Senate election in Alabama to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions to Democrat Doug Jones.
In what looks to be a lame ‘hail Mary’ attempt to stop Doug Jones from being seated, Moore has filed a complaint with the Alabama State Canvassing Board intended to stop the certification of Jones’ victory.
The Moore campaign filed a complaint late Wednesday night in state circuit court in Montgomery, the state capital, seeking a temporary restraining order to postpone the certification, alleging “potential election fraud that improperly altered the outcome of this election.”
“This is not a Republican or Democrat issue as election integrity should matter to everyone,” Moore said in a statement released by the campaign.
Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill told The Associated Press on Wednesday evening that he has no intention of delaying the canvassing board meeting.
“It is not going to delay certification and Doug Jones will be certified (Thursday) at 1 p.m. and he will be sworn in by Vice President Pence on the third of January,” Merrill said.
Moore’s statement gives few details of the purported irregularities, which it says were substantiated “with a reasonable degree of statistical and mathematical certainty” by three election experts.
State officials say they have seen no evidence of voter fraud in the Alabama Senate race.
One of Moore’s “election experts” also says he has “mathematically proven” a vast conspiracy to assassinate President Kennedy. So, there you go…
Moore also included the results of a polygraph he claims “proves” none of the allegations of sexual misconduct are true.
CNN spoke to Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill this morning who says Moore’s last-minute shenanigans won’t stop his office from certifying the results of the election.
CNN’s Alisyn Camerota: “Do Roy Moore’s claims of election fraud have any merit?”
Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill: “The short answer to that is no. Doug Jones will be certified today” https://t.co/ZXkfcsTrAqhttps://t.co/pQxRhhhYJ7
Roy Moore is suing to stop Alabama election results from being certified, citing unusually high voter turnout in Jefferson County, Alabama. The county seat is Birmingham (73% black). What could possibly motivate black people to vote against an old white man who supports slavery? https://t.co/o6Zetf0nAm
Alabama peanut farmer Nathan Mathis, who criticized U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore this week for calling gays perverts, appeared on ELLEN today.
Mathis picketed outside Moore’s Midland City rally earlier this week with a sign which read:
Judge Roy Moore called my daughter Patti Sue Mathis (who committed suicide) a pervert because she was gay. A 32-year-old Roy Moore dated teenage girls aged 14 to 17. So that makes him a pervert of the worse kind.
In honor of Patti Sue, Ellen donated $25,000 to The Trevor Project which provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth, courtesy of Shutterfly.
I won’t spoil it for you, but Mathis is beyond touching in his honesty talking about his daughter as well as exceedingly charming in the way he expresses his world views.
Make sure you hit play below and watch. You’ll be very glad you did.
You’ve got to check out Roy Moore campaign spokesman Ted Crockett, who was left speechless when CNN’s Jake Tapper asked him about Alabama Republican Roy Moore’s claim that Muslims cannot serve in Congress because the oath of office requires swearing on a bible.
Jake Tapper: “You don’t actually have to swear on a Christian bible. You can swear on anything, really. The law is not that you do have to swear on a Christian bible. That is not the law. You don’t know that?”
Crockett: (pause, pause, pause….) “I know that Donald Trump did it when we made him president.”
Tapper: “Because he’s Christian and he picked it. That’s what he wanted to swear in on.”
Umm – freedom of religion? First Amendment?
Roy Moore campaign spokesman responds with silence when asked if he knew people can be sworn in with a text other than the Christian bible pic.twitter.com/B65qIKBjlI