MONTGOMERY — After Roy Moore announced his 2020 Senate bid on Thursday, Donald Trump, Jr. said Moore is doing “a disservice to all conservatives across the country in the process.”
Trump, Jr. and President Donald Trump in recent weeks have made it very clear that they believe Moore should not run, saying his candidacy could hand Alabama’s ruby-red seat back to Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) and lead to Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) becoming Senate majority leader, which would gravely threaten Trump’s ability to move legislation or get judicial nominees approved.
Alluding to these recent comments by the president, Moore during his announcement press conference on Thursday asserted that even though he was running against Trump’s wishes, he was “not going against President Trump.”
Quoting Yellowhammer News’ reporting on Moore’s comment, the younger Trump responded to the former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice by calling his claim “fake news.”
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
“Roy Moore is going against my father and he’s doing a disservice to all conservatives across the country in the process,” Trump, Jr. emphasized.
This sentiment was also expressed on Thursday by the spokesperson for Senate Leadership Fund, which works to keep Republican control of the U.S. Senate.
“We believe most Alabama Republicans realize that nominating Roy Moore would be gift wrapping this Senate seat for Chuck Schumer,” Jack Pandol said in a statement.
Reporter: Roy Moore is running for Senate.
SCHUMER: “Is he?!”
Reporter: Any reaction?
*elevator doors close*
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) June 20, 2019
Sean Ross is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn