Donald Trump Jr.Don John TrumpTrump Jr. calls elderly supporter who was assaulted Trump Jr. hits Howard Stern for going ‘establishment,’ ‘acting like Hillary’ Trump Jr., GOP senator lash out at Facebook for taking down protest pages on stay-at-home orders MORE slammed Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreSessions goes after Tuberville’s coaching record in challenging him to debate The 10 Senate seats most likely to flip Sessions fires back at Trump over recusal: ‘I did my duty & you’re damn fortunate I did” MORE’s (R) decision on Thursday to run for Senate in Alabama, saying that the former Alabama Supreme Court justice is “doing a disservice to all conservatives” by running.
“I can assure everyone that by running, Roy Moore is going against my father and he’s doing a disservice to all conservatives across the country in the process,” the president’s eldest son wrote in a Thursday afternoon tweet.
This is pure fake news. I can assure everyone that by running, Roy Moore is going against my father and he’s doing a disservice to all conservatives across the country in the process. https://t.co/pjfDKfoIO0
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) June 20, 2019
Trump Jr.’s comments come after Moore announced earlier Thursday that he would run for Senate in Alabama again, challenging incumbent Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) for his seat in 2020 after losing to him in a contentious special election in 2017.
President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE first weighed in on Moore’s candidacy last month, saying Republicans “cannot allow themselves to again lose the Senate seat in the Great State of Alabama.” He added at the time that he didn’t think Moore could win.
Moore on Thursday said his decision to run is “not going against” Trump, but Trump Jr. made clear that the president does not support his campaign.
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The president first threw his support behind Moore during his 2017 run to replace Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsMcCabe, Rosenstein spar over Russia probe Rosenstein takes fire from Republicans in heated testimony Rosenstein defends Mueller appointment, role on surveillance warrants MORE (R) in the Senate, despite allegations that the former judge pursued sexual and romantic relationships with teenage girls in the 1970s when he was in his 30s. Moore has denied the allegations against him.
Moore’s loss to Jones in 2017 gave Democrats their first Senate seat in Alabama in 25 years.
Before Moore wins a rematch against Jones, he will have to defeat former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville, Rep. Bradley ByrneBradley Roberts ByrneOvernight Defense: Pentagon chief says he opposes invoking Insurrection Act for protests | White House dodges on Trump’s confidence in Esper | ‘Angry and appalled’ Mattis scorches Trump Republicans stand by Esper after public break with Trump Democrats press OSHA official on issuing an Emergency Temporary Standard MORE (R-Ala.) and state Rep. Arnold Mooney, who have all already declared their candidacy for the Republican nomination.