The tumultuous race between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones for U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' Senate seat has just seen another twist only a week ahead of the Dec. 12 special election in Alabama. A vocal President Trump critic in the U.S. Senate has broken the Republican Party's ranks and announced he's donating to Jones' campaign.
Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, the junior U.S. senator from Arizona, posted a photo of the $100 check he wrote to "Doug Jones for U.S. Senate" with the words "Country over Party" in the notes.
Earlier on Tuesday, Trump defended Roy Moore in a meeting at the White House while sitting right next to Flake, according to The Hill. The Washington Post called it a particularly awkward moment for Flake.
“We don't want to have a liberal Democrat in Alabama, believe me," Trump said. "We want strong borders, we want stopping crime, we want the things we represent."
Flake, on the other hand, wrote on Twitter Monday, "@MittRomney is right. A Roy Moore victory is no victory for the GOP and the nation."
He also told reporters after Trump's Moore endorsement on Tuesday that "I do think the President is wrong here. I think it will have negative impacts for the party in the long term," according to CNN.
While some people were quick to support Flake's choice to publicly announce he's throwing his support behind Jones, conservative commentator Matt Walsh deeply criticized his decision, writing on Twitter, "You're supporting a rabidly pro-abortion politician because you're worried about the effect the other guy will have on your party. That is literally the exact opposite of country over party."
Moore himself replied to Flake with a tweet for his supporters:
Flake is not seeking reelection. The Washington Post considers him Trump's biggest Republican critic in the Senate.
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