President Donald Trump's support for Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore emboldened the Republican National Committee to restore its endorsement for the controversial hopeful.
The committee is resuming its support after cutting ties over alleged sexual misconduct accusations against Moore, Breitbart first reported today. “We can confirm our involvement in the Alabama Senate race,” a committee official told The Hill. The publication also cited a second source that confirmed the veracity of Breitbart’s story.
The decision comes after Trump tweeted his support for Moore earlier today. “Democrats refusal to give even one vote for massive Tax Cuts is why we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama,” he wrote. “We need his vote on stopping crime, illegal immigration, Border Wall, Military, Pro-Life, V.A. Judges 2 nd Amendment and more.” In the same tweet, Trump also called Democrat candidate Doug Jones “a Pelosi/Schumer puppet”
Trump’s endorsement via Twitter was followed by a phone call from Air Force One today. According to CNN citing a release from the Moore campaign, Trump called the candidate a “fighter” and ended the call by saying “Go get’em, Roy!”
Another official told CNN that the committee “will transfer money to the Alabama Republican Party.”
The committee backpedaled on its original position. In early November, the RNC and the National Senatorial Committee withdrew their support after a series of sexual allegations pointed out that Moore harassed teenage girls when he was in his 30s, according to the Associated Press. Moore is 70 years old.
Other Republican leaders such as Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had called Moore to step down from the race, AP reported. He warned that Moore would face a Senate Ethics Committee investigation if he clinched the election on December 12, The Hill reported.
Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney also lashed out at Moore in a tweet published today, saying that “Roy Moore in the Senate should be a stain on the GOP and the nation.”
Both the committee and Trump back Moore a week prior to the Alabama Senate elections on December 12. Polls have shown a tight race between Moore and Jones, with the latter having a slight advantage over the embattled GOP candidate. According to a Washington Post-Schar School Poll released Saturday, 50 percent of voters said they would support Jones while 47 percent of surveyed participants said they would pick Moore—a scant 3-percentage point lead.
One in four voters said that the candidates’ “moral conduct” will be a key factor in how they vote, the Post reported.