Trump Has Words for Roy Moore As He Continues Battle for a Recount

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December 15, 2017Dec 15, 2017

It took a long time for President Trump — who had originally supported Republican primary candidate Luther Strange — to throw his support behind U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, especially amidst the sexual misconduct allegations lobbed at the judge. Perhaps it shouldn’t have been too surprising how quickly Trump distanced himself from Moore following his loss Tuesday night.

Moore lost to Democrat Doug Jones 48.4% to 49.9%, according to the New York Times. Yet, as of Friday morning, Moore is still refusing to concede the election, saying the results were too close to be considered final without a recount.

Moore also suggested “voter fraud” on the Democrat side could have made the difference in the election, according to the Washington Post. He added that a final count hasn’t been received for “military and provisional ballots,” according to the Chicago Tribune.

He made it clear he believes the Republican majority in the Senate is at risk, and thus he needs to fight tooth and nail to keep liberals from taking over. With 51 Republicans to 47 Democrats, once Jones is sworn in, the GOP majority truly is tenuous.

To Moore, it’s a battle for the heart and soul of America.

On Wednesday, he said, “We are indeed in a struggle to preserve our republic, our civilization, and our religion and to set free a suffering humanity. Today we no longer recognize the universal truth that God is the author of our life and liberty. Abortion, sodomy, and materialism have taken the place of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

But Trump no longer sees him as that champion. Friday morning, according to CNN, Trump answered reporters’ questions on whether or not he thinks Moore should concede to Jones.

The president replied, "I think he should. He tried. I want to support, always, I want to support the person running. We need the seat. We would like to have the seat."

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated that Trump is ready to work with Jones, saying, “I think the president’s position is pretty clear in his outreach to Doug Jones directly. He likes Doug Jones and looks forward to meeting him in person. and hopes that he will come and follow through on his commitment to work with the president on some things that they agree on.”

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill made it clear that Moore would have to pay for any recount effort on his own, which could cost between $1 million and $1.5 million, according to the Birmingham News. Merrill will certify the final results between Dec. 26 and Jan. 3.

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