Roy Moore, the former Alabama supreme court chief justice who lost a special election Senate race in 2017 after being accused of sexually assaulting multiple teenage girls while he was in his thirties, announced Thursday that he will run again for the seat.
“Yes, I will run for the United States Senate in 2020,” Moore told reporters on Thursday, adding, “Can I win? Yes, I can. Not only can I, they know I can.”
His new Senate bid comes despite a warning from President Donald Trump he “cannot win, and the consequences will be devastating” for the Republican agenda if he were to try.
“Republicans cannot allow themselves to again lose the Senate seat in the Great State of Alabama,” Trump tweeted. “This time it will be for Six Years, not just Two. I have NOTHING against Roy Moore, and unlike many other Republican leaders, wanted him to win. But he didn’t, and probably won’t.”
Trump added, “Roy Moore cannot win, and the consequences will be devastating. … Judges and Supreme Court Justices!”
Moore, who was defeated by former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones, a Democrat, has denied all allegations of sexual misconduct which were first reported by The Washington Post.
Asked what he plans to do differently this time around, Moore said, “I would like to make more personal contact with people. I mean, we did last time with rallies, we did with different things. But I’d like to get out personally, home parties, more personal contact, and travel the state. People of Alabama know me. That’s one thing I don’t have a problem with.”
After Moore’s announcement Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., made clear, “We’ll be opposing Roy Moore vigorously.”
Roy Moore at his Senate campaign launch: Why does the mere mention of my name cause people to get up in arms in Washington D.C.? Is it because I'm a staunch conservative?…Is it because I believe in God and marriage and morality in our country? pic.twitter.com/i79WhAUjxC
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