Trump heads to Florida town less than FIFTEEN miles from Alabama for campaign-style rally as he boosts alleged sex abuser Roy Moore's Senate run
- White House has said the president won't campaign for Roy Moore, who faces sexual misconduct claims from nine different women?
- But Friday night's rally in Pensacola, Florida could be just as helpful to the Republican Senate candidate
- Pensacola sits just 15 miles from the Alabama border and shares a media market with the city of Mobile?
- Tuesday's election could tip the U.S. Senate one seat in the Democrats' direction, but Trump is endorsing Moore while simultaneously trying to keep his distance
The White House has said Trump will not campaign for Roy Moore, the besieged Alabama Republican U.S. Senate candidate who faces a raft of sexual misconduct allegations.?
But Trump made little effort Friday morning to hide the purpose of his trip, tweeting that he would be in Pensacola to make America great again and that he needs Moore in the Senate to do that.
'LAST thing the Make America Great Again Agenda needs is a Liberal Democrat in Senate where we have so little margin for victory already,' Trump said. 'VOTE ROY MOORE!'?
President Donald Trump will hold a campaign-style rally Friday night in Pensacola, a Florida city that's just across the border from Alabama and shares a major media market with the state
Trump made little effort to hide the purpose of the trip on Friday morning
By holding his event in Florida, Trump is able to claim that he did not campaign for besieged Republican Roy Moore before Tuesday's special election
Even though the president has explicitly endorsed Moore, the White House is maintaining a degree of distance – just under 15 miles, to be exact – from the former state Supreme Court judge who faces claims that he groped teenage girls when he was a thirty-something prosecutor.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders maintained on Monday that the 'allegations are troubling' but said the White House still believes Tuesday's election 'is something the people of Alabama should decide.'?
Trump hemmed and hawed over whether to endorse Moore, a controversial conservative figure even before the sexual assault allegations surfaced.
The president ducked questions about the Alabama race while visiting Asia last month, and then eased into an endorsement by telling reporters in Washington that Moore denies the accusations against him.
'He says it didn't happen. You know, you have to listen to him also,' Trump said at the White House as he left for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Moore has never been charged with a crime for his alleged actions, and Trump eventually decided to put his weight behind the Republican, endorsing him Monday a tweet.
He put in a call to the campaign while he was traveling to Utah, saying, according to a tweet from Moore, 'Go get 'em, Roy.'
Even though the president has explicitly endorsed Moore, the White House is maintaining a degree of distance – just under 15 miles, to be exact – from the former state Supreme Court judge who's been accused of sexually assaulting teens
The president's endorsement was more political than personal.
If Democrat Doug Jones defeats Moore, the 52-seat Republican majority will become one seat narrower.
Trump made the math plain on Friday in his tweet supporting Moore, mentioning the 'little margin for victory' his party currently has in the U.S. Senate.
'The Pelosi/Schumer Puppet Jones would vote against us 100% of the time. He’s bad on Crime, Life, Border, Vets, Guns & Military,' Trump wrote.
Moore, who is now narrowly favored to win a Senate special election on Tuesday, is the subject of sexual misconduct allegations from nine different women.
One, Beverly Young Nelson, told 'Good Morning America' on Friday that her story is being 'swept under the rug, literally,' because Moore is a Republican running in a deep-red state.
She claims he groped her in a car when she was 16 years old and he was a rising legal star.
Moore denies ever having known her.
Beverly Young Nelson?claims Moore groped her in a car when she was 16 years old and he was a rising legal star
'I was bound and determined that I was not going to be raped by him,' Nelson said Friday. 'I was terrified.'
'It sickens me to wonder what may go on with him if he gets into office,' she added.
'Maybe, you know, he could be doing this still. We don't know. And then again I hope that he's changed. I pray that he's changed. I really do.'?
Nelson, who says she voted for Trump, worries that partisan politics has eclipsed moral judgment.
'Is the party more important, really, than what happened?' she asked.?
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