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Trump Quietly Deletes Tweets Supporting Alabama Primary Loser Sen. Luther Strange

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Trump Quietly Deletes Tweets Supporting Alabama Primary Loser Sen. Luther Strange




President Trump has deleted several tweets endorsing Sen. Luther Strange after the GOP establishment favorite lost Alabama’s special election primary to former Judge Roy Moore Tuesday night.

“Luther Strange has been shooting up in the Alabama polls since my endorsement,” Mr Trump wrote in one now-deleted tweets.

On the Monday before the election, Trump tweeted, “Big election tomorrow in the Great State of Alabama. Vote for Senator Luther Strange, tough on crime & border – will never let you down!” He added: “ALABAMA, get out and vote for Luther Strange – he has proven to me that he will never let you down! #MAGA.”



All three tweets were deleted Tuesday night after Strange lost the primary around 9:30 pm according to ProPublica’s Politwoops project, which tracks deleted tweets of elected officials.

VOX notes:

Luther was appointed to Jeff Sessions’s former senate seat when Sessions became Trump’s attorney general. Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell backed Strange, and an establishment PAC reportedly spent $10 million on his campaign — but as the GOP primary runoff Tuesday drew nearer, Strange ultimately couldn’t catch up to Moore, who was consistently in the lead. Moore is a religious conservative who, as Vox’s Jeff Stein has written, “argues that Christian principles — or, more accurately, Moore’s interpretation of Christian principles — should provide the foundation for, and even supersede, the laws of men.” Moore has refused to follow federal court orders that he says conflict with his beliefs.

Shortly after Moore’s win, Trump was quick to tweet a new message congratulating him.

Wednesday morning, Trump again tweeted in support of Moore.

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