The White House’s budget chief, Mick Mulvaney, reportedly said that President Trump asks him “all the time” why failed Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore was unable to win his state’s special election last year.
“The president asks me all the time, ‘Why did Roy Moore lose?’” Mulvaney said Saturday during a closed-door meeting with Republicans, according to audio obtained by The New York Times. “That’s easy. He was a terrible candidate,” he continued.
Moore lost the race to now-Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) by 1.5 percentage points in December.
Prior to losing his Senate bid last year, Moore was accused of pursuing and harassing teenage girls when he was in his 30s and sexually assaulting some of them. Leigh Corfman alleged that Moore had sexually assaulted her in 1979, when she was 14.
The Hill notes:
The reported questioning of Moore’s loss contrasts with Trump’s public statements. In December, Trump wrote that he favored Moore’s primary challenger, former Sen. Luther Strange (R), for the reason that he did not believe Moore could win.
“The reason I originally endorsed Luther Strange (and his numbers went up mightily), is that I said Roy Moore will not be able to win the General Election,” the president said shortly after Moore’s defeat.
“I was right!” he added. “Roy worked hard but the deck was stacked against him!”