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Trump, Establishment GOP take a Hit with Moore's Victory in Alabama

Trump, Establishment GOP take a Hit with Moore's Victory in Alabama

Moore beat Luther Strange, the incumbent senator who was appointed to the seat early this year, by about 10 percentage points, a sign that Trump's substantial popularity with his restless political base may not be transferrable to other political figures. As Trump proved during the 2016 GOP presidential primary campaign, money matters less than passionate supporters.

This Morning In Donald Trump Tweets is, today, a tale of deletion - not addition.

"Roy Moore's taken social stands that are completely out of step with Alabama", said Jones.

Trump had endorsed unusual and campaigned for odd last week in Hunstville, Alabama. As many recall, that is the reason he was in Alabama Friday evening where he gave the speech about the National Football League sons of bitches.

Those two lackluster statewide performances is one reason Moore wasn't expected to gain much steam when he first entered this Senate race, but with the election of Trump, a rise of political outsiders, a reigniting of the culture wars and vulnerabilities by odd, there was a ideal storm for him to finally grasp the nomination.

"Roy Moore epitomizes the contemporary politics of theocratic Christian dominionism in his attacks on separation of church and state and religious freedom".

This helps explain Moore's historic popularity in Alabama, where every single public poll showed him beating odd ahead of Election Day.

In short, this frightful week for Washington Republicans may turn out to be the rule, not the exception going forward into 2018.

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Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, a McConnell ally and someone Trump urged just 12 days ago to run for a third term, decided against the race - and, in so doing, created a potential headache for his party in the 2018 midterms.

Nonetheless, Donald Trump again had tweeted out enormous support for Luther Strange, but immediately after those voting results came in, those tweets began to disappear.

Trump "knew it was a mistake but one he was willing to make because Luther was loyal", said a senior White House official. "Vote for Senator Luther Strange, tough on crime & border - will never let you down!"

Donald Trump has suffered a failure of elections in Alabama, its candidate having been defeated in a republican primary. However, there is a caveat here.

Luther Strange, whom both men endorsed, lost badly in a Republican runoff to a candidate backed by Trump's former chief strategist, Steve Bannon. Even in a state where political corruption has always been endemic, the appointment - which followed Jeff Sessions' elevation to the role of attorney general - raised eyebrows. According to media reports, on Monday night Trump consulted with a group of conservative activists about what kind of fallout he could face if Moore won - and had been complaining about having to stump for unusual throughout the campaign.

This came shortly after odd appeared headed for a loss, despite Trump's efforts to help the candidate.

"Doug Jones is a fantastic candidate", DSCC chairman Sen. Aside from bystanders noticing the missing tweets on Twitter, ProPublica operates a tool called Politwoops that automatically archives the deleted tweets.

While Trump and McConnell suffered those indignities together, they each also had to deal with humiliations on their own over this three-day span.


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