Former Republican Alabama judge Roy Moore, whose 2017 US Senate bid ended in defeat against Democrat Doug Jones, is teasing a possible 2020 rematch, The Hill reported on Tuesday.
According to Bradley Byrne, who announced his own bid for the GOP Senate nomination in February, Moore intends on announcing his candidacy next month.
“People who I believe know what they’re talking about say that Judge Moore intends to announce his candidacy for the U.S. Senate in June. I welcome him to the race,” Byrne said in an interview with The Hill’s Scott Wong.
Byrne believes that Moore simply has too much baggage to win.
“I think people are very concerned that we Republicans lost a U.S. Senate seat because he was our nominee in 2017 and we don’t need to do that again,” Byrne said.
“There are some serious pieces of litigation that have come out of all that. I personally don’t want to talk about any of that; I want to talk about how we’re going to beat Doug Jones,” Byrne continued. “But I think it’s inevitable it’s going to come up in the primary campaign, and if he was the nominee, it certainly would come up in the general election.”
In response, Moore, an accused pedophile who was removed twice as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court for refusing to uphold federal court rulings, tweeted Tuesday afternoon that he “will beat Doug Jones” if he decides to once again throw his hat into the race.
He knows that if I run I will beat Doug Jones.
— Judge Roy Moore (@RealJudgeMoore) May 28, 2019
But Moore is already facing intense headwinds from people who fought for him the last time around – most notably, the Trumps.
Donald Trump Jr. tore into Moore for failing to win in deep-red Alabama.
“You mean like last time? You’re literally the only candidate who could lose a GOP seat in pro-Trump, pro-USA ALABAMA.” Junior replied to Moore’s tweet. “Running for office should never become a business model. If you actually care about
#MAGA more than your own ego, it’s time to ride off into the sunset, Judge.”
You mean like last time? You’re literally the only candidate who could lose a GOP seat in pro-Trump, pro-USA ALABAMA. Running for office should never become a business model. If you actually care about #MAGA more than your own ego, it's time to ride off into the sunset, Judge. https://t.co/Twg9isFRkY
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 28, 2019
Fair enough, however, things took a bizarre turn when President Donald Trump offered his take on Moore’s potential candidacy.
Early Wednesday morning, the president urged Moore not to run because he believes Moore will lose:
“Republicans cannot allow themselves to again lose the Senate seat in the Great State of Alabama. This time it will be for Six Years, not just Two. I have NOTHING against Roy Moore, and unlike many other Republican leaders, wanted him to win. But he didn’t, and probably won’t.”
Republicans cannot allow themselves to again lose the Senate seat in the Great State of Alabama. This time it will be for Six Years, not just Two. I have NOTHING against Roy Moore, and unlike many other Republican leaders, wanted him to win. But he didn’t, and probably won’t…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2019
Trump’s biggest concern is that a Jones victory could impede Republicans’ ability to stack the courts with right-wing judges.
“If Alabama does not elect a Republican to the Senate in 2020, many of the incredible gains that we have made during my Presidency may be lost, including our Pro-Life victories,” Trump added. “Roy Moore cannot win, and the consequences will be devastating….Judges and Supreme Court Justices!”
…If Alabama does not elect a Republican to the Senate in 2020, many of the incredible gains that we have made during my Presidency may be lost, including our Pro-Life victories. Roy Moore cannot win, and the consequences will be devastating….Judges and Supreme Court Justices!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2019
Hold up, Trump has “nothing against Moore?”
Twitter noticed that for Trump, losing to a Democrat is far worse than being accused of serially sexually assaulting teenage girls.
“Nothing against Roy Moore.”
A man accused over and over again of child rape.
— Michelangelo Signorile (@MSignorile) May 29, 2019
#BREAKING President Has Nothing Against Mall Creeper Predator
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) May 29, 2019
Donald trump is just a Roy Moore who never got Jeffrey Epsteined.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) May 29, 2019
You have nothing against a child molester who was banned from a mall?
Republicans forget the small shit. 🙄
— Jeff Hudson (@ItsJeffHudson) May 29, 2019
You have nothing against a guy who was banned from malls because he molested young girls in a car behind dumpsters?
I guess similar minds think alike.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) May 29, 2019
— Andy Ostroy (@AndyOstroy) May 29, 2019
Shouldnt you have something against Roy Moore? Amazing
— Julie Veneski (@julie_veneski) May 29, 2019
Recall that in 2017, Trump was gung-ho for Moore, calling him a “really great guy” after his primary victory over Luther Strange.
Spoke to Roy Moore of Alabama last night for the first time. Sounds like a really great guy who ran a fantastic race. He will help to #MAGA!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 27, 2017
In the weeks leading up to the special election, Trump wholeheartedly endorsed Moore several more times.
Democrats refusal to give even one vote for massive Tax Cuts is why we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama. We need his vote on stopping crime, illegal immigration, Border Wall, Military, Pro Life, V.A., Judges 2nd Amendment and more. No to Jones, a Pelosi/Schumer Puppet!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 4, 2017
LAST thing the Make America Great Again Agenda needs is a Liberal Democrat in Senate where we have so little margin for victory already. The Pelosi/Schumer Puppet Jones would vote against us 100% of the time. He’s bad on Crime, Life, Border, Vets, Guns & Military. VOTE ROY MOORE!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 8, 2017
A big contingent of very enthusiastic Roy Moore fans at the rally last night. We can’t have a Pelosi/Schumer Liberal Democrat, Jones, in that important Alabama Senate seat. Need your vote to Make America Great Again! Jones will always vote against what we must do for our Country.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 9, 2017
The people of Alabama will do the right thing. Doug Jones is Pro-Abortion, weak on Crime, Military and Illegal Immigration, Bad for Gun Owners and Veterans and against the WALL. Jones is a Pelosi/Schumer Puppet. Roy Moore will always vote with us. VOTE ROY MOORE!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2017
When Moore lost, Trump pretended he was had really been gunning for Strange.
The reason I originally endorsed Luther Strange (and his numbers went up mightily), is that I said Roy Moore will not be able to win the General Election. I was right! Roy worked hard but the deck was stacked against him!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2017
We remember, and this is fantastic fodder for Democrats in 2020.
Hilarious 😆 . As an Alabamian I’m super ecstatic that Moore is running again. Jones 2020
— Jasmine (@luvoflemons) May 29, 2019
This should be a Democrat campaign poster for 2020.
— Christopher Cole (@ChrisACole) May 29, 2019
On the other hand, women will be able to CONTROL THEIR OWN BODIES WHEN A Dem wins.
— Sharon O'Brien (@soandsew4) May 29, 2019