Donald Trump is very keen to move on from the weekend carnage in Charlottesville, Virginia. After a series of statements and clarifications from the White House on the matter over the weekend, the president was back on Twitter Monday reverting to his more familiar posture.
To that end, Trump announced he was still standing 100% behind Alabama Senator Luther Strange in his quest to hold onto his seat.
“Luther Strange of the Great State of Alabama has my endorsement. He is strong on Border & Wall, the military, tax cuts & law enforcement,” Trump tweeted.
Luther Strange of the Great State of Alabama has my endorsement. He is strong on Border & Wall, the military, tax cuts & law enforcement.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2017
Strange, a former Alabama Attorney General, was moved to the Senate after Jeff Sessions resigned his seat to become Attorney General. Strange has yet to win approval from the state’s voters. While Alabama is functionally a one-party Republican state, Strange is facing a tough primary challenge from firebrand congressman Mo Brooks.
Brooks has positioned himself to the right of Strange, attempting to link the Senator to Mitch McConnell and the establishment GOP swamp. Not a terrible strategy given Trump’s growing feud with the Senate Majority Leader.
Brooks has openly pleaded for Trump to change his endorsement, but Strange has so far been a loyal Trump ally in the Senate and Trump appears intent on sticking by him. In July, Strange said Trump’s presidency was a “biblical miracle.”
The latest tweet is the second such endorsement Strange has received from the president.
On August 8, the president tweeted that Strange had his “complete and total endorsement!”
Senator Luther Strange has done a great job representing the people of the Great State of Alabama. He has my complete and total endorsement!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 9, 2017
The primary will take place tomorrow, and will also feature former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore
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