No one could have imagined that the Alabama special election for Jeff Sessions’ Senate seat would turn into the disaster its become. Winning the seat was a foregone conclusion a few months ago, with the only question being which Republican would come out on top in the primary.
However, it seems we should start expecting the unexpected, as women accusing Moore of sexual harassment and abuse came forward after he secured the Republican nomination, and its significantly hamstrung his campaign. Throughout the unfolding scandal, Republicans have jumped ship and called for Moore to quit the race, but his one steadfast supporter has been Trump, as he hasn’t been cowed by the media’s pressure and half-truths. However, the president has been browbeaten by his staff to bail on Moore, and up until now, he’s resisted–but as of Monday, he’s going silent.
As reported at Yahoo, the White House has announced that President Trump will no longer publicly campaign for Roy Moore. For weeks, Trump’s aides have been fighting to convince the president to stop supporting the accused Moore, since nearly every Republican has already turned their back on him.
But Trump has stubbornly refused to yield to his party’s and the left-wing media’s will. However, it appears that his defiance has limits, as Moore has finally lost his last major supporter.
Despite the constant negative coverage from the press and the various accusations against him, Moore has maintained sizable support from the people in Alabama. As it stands, the race is too close to call, with Moore having a very legitimate chance to pull out a victory.
Trump’s backing has certainly been a factor in Moore’s continued success, however, there’s no way of knowing how much its been affecting the race. While he may be going silent, it doesn’t mean he isn’t still in Moore’s corner, and since he hasn’t said anything negative concerning Moore, folks shouldn’t see this as an admission that the president thinks he’s guilty.
Going silent is a prudent strategy at this point. It leaves the ball in the citizens of Alabama’s court. It also eliminated the Trump distraction where the media’s constantly asking him who he believes in the scandal, trying to goad him into doubting Moore.
Regardless, we’ll find out come December 12 what the people of Alabama think about this whole ordeal, when they enter the ballot box and decide the fate of this highly important Senate seat.