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Jerry Falwell Jr. endorses Judge Roy Moore

President Donald Trump attends the Liberty University Commencement Ceremony and delivers remarks Saturday, May 13, 2017, Lynchburg, Virginia. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, Jerry Falwell Jr. announced that he has endorsed Roy Moore in Alabama’s U.S. Senate race. Falwell said that  Moore is a “proven leader” who will support President Trump’s conservative agenda.

Jerry Falwell Jr. is the president of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, and the son of Jerry Falwell Sr. – deceased – a pastor who headed the group, the Moral Majority, that allied with Ronald W. Reagan in the 1980s. The senior Falwell founded Liberty University. Falwell called the Alabama Senate election a “pivotal moment” for President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” agenda.

“I am proud to endorse a proven conservative leader in Judge Roy Moore,” Falwell said. “Like President Trump, Judge Moore speaks plainly and he will not back down from his convictions. Judge Moore will defend religious liberty, stand up for the Constitution, and be a voice for people of faith in the halls of Washington.”

“President Trump needs allies like Judge Roy Moore in the U.S. Senate. Too many Republicans in Washington are more interested in currying favor with lobbyists and preserving their own political careers than they are in advancing President Trump’s proposals.  The Alabama Senate election is a pivotal moment for the success of the Trump agenda, and I urge conservatives in Alabama to back Roy Moore on December 12th,” Falwell said.

Moore said that he appreciated Falwell’s support.

“I welcome Jerry Falwell, Jr.’s, endorsement,” Moore said. “In the Constitution and in the Declaration of Independence, America’s founders clearly welcomed people of faith into the political process,” Moore said. “If elected to the U.S. Senate, I will work with President Trump to ensure that our First Amendment religious liberties are protected and that conservative judges who closely adhere to the Constitution will be confirmed to the federal courts.”

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Falwell’s early endorsement of Trump for president of the United States proved to be a key moment in Trump’s primary campaign and helped him edge out Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, for southern evangelical voters. Trump carried most southern states in the Republican primaries last year and did really strong with evangelical voters.

“I am proud to offer my endorsement of Donald J. Trump for President of the United States,” Falwell said then. “He is a successful executive and entrepreneur, a wonderful father and a man who I believe can lead our country to greatness again.”

For Moore to win the Senate seat formerly held by Jeff Sessions, he is going to need a strong turnout by Alabama evangelical voters. Moore emphasizes restoring America’s Judeo-Christian values and acknowledging God on the campaign trail.

Moore will face former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones in the special election on Dec. 12. 2017.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.


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