MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Former U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore says he can win the 2020 U.S. Senate election if he enters the Alabama race, and will not be influenced by President Donald Trump’s comments urging him not to seek the seat.
Moore said told the Associated Press Wednesday that establishment Republicans don’t want him to enter the 2020 Senate race because “everybody knows I can win.”
Trump warned Wednesday the “consequences will be devastating” if Alabama Republican Roy Moore, whose 2017 U.S. Senate campaign was battered by allegations of long-ago sexual harassment of teenagers, seeks the seat again in 2020.
…If Alabama does not elect a Republican to the Senate in 2020, many of the incredible gains that we have made during my Presidency may be lost, including our Pro-Life victories. Roy Moore cannot win, and the consequences will be devastating….Judges and Supreme Court Justices! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2019
Moore lost in the once-reliably red state in a 2017 special election amid the sexual misconduct allegations, which he denied. He told The Associated Press earlier this month that he is considering another campaign next year.
Trump, who backed Moore in 2017 despite the allegations, tweeted “I have NOTHING against Roy Moore,” but warned that “Roy Moore cannot win.” He adds that if Democrat Doug Jones retains the seat in 2020, “many of the incredible gains that we have made during my Presidency may be lost.”
Trump’s comments come as national Republicans have tried to keep Moore out of the race.
“I think the President is coming under pressure from people in Washington scared I will run for the Senate, scared I will win and know I can win,” Moore said Wednesday in a telephone interview
Moore said Trump’s comments will not influence his decision whether to enter the 2020 race. He said he will announce his decision in June.
Moore lost the 2017 Senate race to Democrat Doug Jones amid accusations of sexual misconduct.