Just before Alabama’s Senate election on Dec. 12, President Donald Trump backed embattled Republican candidate Roy Moore and described his Democratic opponent, Doug Jones, as a “total puppet” for Congressional Democratic leaders.
“We need somebody in that Senate seat who will vote for our ‘Make America Great Again’ agenda which involves tough on crime, strong on borders, strong on immigration,” Trump told a crowd in Pensacola, Florida, on Friday.
Trump pointed to an audience member who Trump said screamed, “We want Roy Moore.”
“He’s right,” Trump said.
After attacking the Democratic party’s agenda, Trump focused on dissuading Americans from putting another Democrat in the Senate.
“We can’t afford to have a liberal Democrat who is completely controlled by [House Minority Leader] Nancy Pelosi and [Senate Minority Leader] Chuck Schumer,” Trump said.
On Monday, Trump made similar comments on Twitter where he predicted Jones would damage the Republican Party’s agenda:
Putting Pelosi/Schumer Liberal Puppet Jones into office in Alabama would hurt our great Republican Agenda of low on taxes, tough on crime, strong on military and borders…& so much more. Look at your 401-k’s since Election. Highest Stock Market EVER! Jobs are roaring back!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 4, 2017
Trump’s speech came amid multiple sexual misconduct allegationsagainst Moore, who has denied any wrongdoing. One of those accusers, Trump noted, added her own notes at the bottom of an alleged yearbook signing from Moore.
“There was a little mistake made. She started writing things in the yearbook,” Trump said of accuser Beverly Young Nelson.
Trump took aim at prominent attorney Gloria Allred, who represented Nelson as she presented that yearbook in November.
“Gloria Allred. Any time you see her, you know something’s going wrong,” Trump said.
Moore appeared pleased with Trump’s speech.