Few issues have been more conflicting and divisive among Republicans and conservatives than whether or not to support U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore. Now one GOP Senator is publicly going after those in his party who are beginning to look more favorably on a Moore victory after initially being quick to condemn him.
Less than a week ahead of the Dec. 12 special election, where Alabama voters will decide if Moore or Democrat Doug Jones will be the one to fill U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ vacated seat, controversy still surrounds Moore. Moore continues to face a mountain of sexual misconduct accusations that are still lacking in hard evidence, and it’s put Republicans and conservatives in three different camps: those who believe Moore is innocent until proven guilty, those who fully believe his accusers, and those who believe his accusers may be telling the truth but support Moore anyway because they don’t want to see another pro-life liberal in Congress.
Tuesday evening, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) caused quite a stir by posting a photo of a check on Twitter that he was making out to the Jones campaign. In the notes section, he wrote “Country over Party,” a clear indication that he feels that supporting Moore’s opponent is better for America.
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) was among those who criticized Flake’s decision. He denounced the move on Twitter Tuesday night.
Sasse is the junior senator from Nebraska. He was elected in 2014 after a landslide defeat of his Democrat opponent.
After getting criticized for his own tweet, Sasse defended it.
But early Wednesday morning, Sasse went on a full-fledged Twitter rant at what he sees as growing support in his party for Moore.
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."
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