Moore’s Loss Bad News for Trump and the GOP
Though he tried mightily, President Donald J. Trump couldn’t convince Republicans in Alabama to vote predator-over-principles, and elect a man to the Senate accused of pedophilia. In a significant party-affiliation upset, GOP candidate Roy Moore lost the seat held by Republicans since 1992 — to Democrat candidate Doug Jones.
The race, which was supposed to be an easy win for Republicans, jettisoned into national headlines when the Washington Post reported a month ago that six women accused Moore of sexual misconduct. One woman alleged she was 14 when Moore, then 32, touched her sexually. Four other women said they were teenagers at the time that Moore tried to kiss and/or date them.
The melodrama enveloping Moore’s campaign continued into the final hours of the election. His wife Kayla Moore enthusiastically bellowed this insult to a crowd of supporters:
“Fake news would tell you that we don’t care for Jews. I tell you all this because I’ve seen it all so I just want to set the record straight while they’re here,” Kayla grinned, waving to the television cameras.
“One of our attorneys is a Jew,” she stated.
And this is the man who Trump wanted to become Senator. Before the election, Trump tweeted his unwavering support for Moore.
“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.”
After Moore’s embarrassing loss, the president tried to save face (and of course), used Twitter to boast that he never supported Moore in the first place.
“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!”
The reality is Trump supported two losers: first Strange then Moore.
Does Trump understand that endorsing candidates who support the Confederacy, like Virginia GOP gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie — and who have been accused of sexually abusing girls, as in Moore’s case, is a recipe for DEFEAT? And that Republicans who want to win elections need to dump former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon (who campaigned with Moore)? About Bannon, GOP Congressman Peter King told CNN:
“This guy does not belong on the national stage. He looks like some dishevelled drunk that wandered onto the political stage. He does not represent anything that I stand for.”
Jones won 30% of Alabama’s white vote, twice what President Obama received in 2012. He also won 51% of the white women compared to 41% for Moore. Being accused of sexually assaulting women has a way of tanking a candidate’s female support.
Jones’ last-minute pandering to black voters also paid off with 96% supporting Jones. This exceeded the 95% of blacks who voted for President Barack Obama in 2012. Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez thanked black women for helping the party win races in Alabama and Virginia.
“Black women are the backbone of the Democratic Party, and we can’t take that for granted. Period.”
Yet, Democrats have taken the black vote for granted for decades, as I wrote exhaustively about in my book Con Job: How Democrats Gave Us Crime, Sanctuary Cities, Abortion Profiteering, and Racial Division. What has the Democrat party done for blacks lately, or over the past 50 years? And of course the Republican Party ignores the black vote.
Making a bad week even worse for the GOP, rumours circled in Washington that House Speaker Paul Ryan is considering resigning, though Ryan denied the rumours. If Ryan resigns, there will likely be an ugly battle among House conservatives and moderate Republicans over who should be Speaker. All spells more bad PR for Republicans.
Back to Moore…his loss portends bad news for Republicans in the 2018 midterm elections. Democrat voters are energized, and moderate Republicans can’t be counted on to vote for radical Trump disciples.
When Jones is sworn in, the GOP will hold a razor-thin majority in the Senate 51 to 49. The Senate could very well flip to Democrats’ control in 2018. If Trump likes this trajectory, he should keep backing losers, and banging out insulting.