Alabama is in the midst of a nasty, dragging senate race that has been the recipient of an intense amount of Washington attention.
The reason for this is simple: Alabama’s two major candidates are from polar opposite ends of the political spectrum, and the election has been seen as a referendum on how the atmosphere in the nation’s capital will shape up in the coming years.
On one side you have Luther Strange; an establishment republican with big-money ties, special interest backers, and a firm grip on what it takes to be a political elitist.
On the other end you have Judge Roy Moore; a conservatives’ conservative and all around stand-up American who is intent on bucking the traditions of D.C., draining the swamp, and sticking it to RINO’s and turncoats alike.
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In a somewhat confusing choice, President Donald Trump has chosen to endorse Strange. This decision hasn’t sat well with a number of those in Trump’s supporter base, claiming that this makes the President somewhat beholden to the crooked Washington establishment that Strange strives to join.
Now, it seems that this isn’t sitting well with Trump, either.
“President Donald Trump admitted to Alabama voters Friday that he might have made a mistake by endorsing appointed Alabama Senator Luther Strange in the Republican primary.
“’We have to be loyal in life,’ Trump said. ‘There is something called loyalty, and I might have made a mistake and I’ll be honest, I might have made a mistake.’
“Trump appeared in Alabama for a campaign rally for Strange, despite polling showing him still lagging behind his primary challenger conservative Judge Roy Moore.
“Trump predicted that if Strange lost, his political opponents and the media would cite it as a big loss for Trump, but that he wanted to repay the appointed senator for his loyal support in the Senate.
“’Both are good men,’ Trump said, referring to Strange and Moore.
“He specified that his decision was about loyalty and picking a candidate that could win in a general election.
“’Luther will definitely win … Roy has a very good chance of not winning in the general election,’ Trump said.
“But he promised that if Moore won the primary, he would be ‘campaigning like hell’ for him in the general election.”
As a businessman, Trump is no stranger to hedging his bets, (no pun intended), but even for a shrewd economic mind the maneuver was an odd one, and the choice of words even weirder.
Moore is certainly more in tune with Trump’s populist ideals and swamp-draining braggadocio, and the President’s endorsement of Strange left an extremely sour taste in the mouth of patriotic Americans. Perhaps this slight backpedal will once again put them at ease about the President’s true intentions.