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Trump urges voters to pick Roy Moore instead of 'liberal Jones'

Trump urges voters to pick Roy Moore instead of 'liberal Jones'

Opponent's campaign says his record as prosecutor 'speaks for itself'
Trump urges voters to pick Roy Moore instead of 'liberal Jones'
Judge Roy Moore talks with his supporters about the Second Amendment during a rally in Florence, Alabama.
Photographer: NATHAN MORGAN/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST

With a little more than two weeks until a special election for the Senate in Alabama, President Donald Trump on Sunday doubled down on his criticism of the Democratic nominee, Doug Jones, and reiterated his support for Roy Moore, the Republican candidate, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by a number of women.

Trump tweeted on Sunday morning:

He tweeted less than an hour later:

In response, the Jones campaign said Jones’ record as a prosecutor “speaks for itself.”

“Roy Moore was unfit for office before nine Alabama women served as witnesses to all Alabamians of his disturbing conduct,” Sebastian Kitchen, Jones’ spokesman, wrote in an email. “Doug Jones is continuing to focus on finding common ground and getting things done for real Alabamians.”

During the Alabama Republican primary, Trump endorsed Sen. Luther Strange on Twitter, then deleted some of those tweets after Strange lost the runoff in September.

On Sunday, the president claimed that after he had supported Strange, the candidate “shot way up in the polls” — a claim he also made in September — but “it wasn’t enough.”

It has been widely reported that Strange did not advance in the polls after Trump’s endorsement.

The latest poll numbers indicate that Moore is in a tight race. Alabama historically votes Republican but the allegations against Moore have taken a toll.

Most of the women who have accused him of sexual misconduct said it occurred when they were teenagers and Moore was in his 30s. He has denied the allegations.

“I don’t remember ever dating any girl without the permission of her mother,” Moore told the Fox News host Sean Hannity.

High-ranking Republicans have not been convinced.

“I believe the women,” Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the majority leader, has said.

Trump, however, has remained skeptical.

“Forty years is a long time. He’s run eight races, and this has never come up,” Trump said on Tuesday. “He says it didn’t happen.”

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