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Trump tells Roy Moore that he cannot win Senate seat

President Donald Trump speaking in 2017 just outside Harrisburg. (Staff Sgt. Tony Harp/U.S. Air National Guard)

President Donald Trump said on Twitter Wednesday that former Alabama Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore cannot win the Senate seat against incumbent Sen. Doug Jones, D-Alabama.

“Roy Moore cannot win, and the consequences will be devastating….Judges and Supreme Court Justices!” President Trump said on Twitter.

Moore afterward tweeted, “Ever wonder why the mere mention of my name scares the ‘hell’ out of the Washington DC establishment, liberals, and LGBT? Like Pres Trump I want to see America great again, but that is a job that only God can do.”

In response to Trump’s call on Moore not to run for United State Senate, Trump 2016 Alabama Victory chair and former State Rep. Perry Hooper Jr. issued a statement supporting the president’s plea to Moore not to run.

“Judge Roy Moore is a very good Christian man who was an outstanding Chief Justice, and I consider him a friend,” Hooper said. “He was maliciously slandered in the last election by the media beyond belief. He took the high road against his accusers in the media and continued to run a positive issued oriented campaign. I worked very hard in his campaign against Doug Jones and was devastated when he lost. However, I am 100 percent behind our President. I respectfully call on to Judge Moore to listen to the President and not run for Senate. I also ask Judge Roy Moore to continue to support our President and work in other ways to implement the agenda that will keep America ‘great.’”

In the 2017 U.S. Senate race, Moore appeared to be cruising to another easy victory over former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones in the special general election until The Washington Post made public allegations that Moore had sexually abused a 15-year-old girl in 1976.

Moore denied all the allegations, but Jones narrowly defeated Moore in December 2017.

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If Moore were to run again, it would be his sixth statewide campaign.

Republican Congressman Bradley Byrne, former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville, State Auditor Jim Zeigler who is exploring running for the position, and businessman and former television evangelist Stanley Adair are already in the race.

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

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