Trump Rallies for odd in Huntsville, Gives Voters Behind-the-Scenes Reason for Endorsement

President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon is heading to Alabama to campaign for former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore in his bid for the U.S. Senate, Axios reported Saturday. And he said that if Moore wins, "I'm going to be here campaigning like hell for him". Still, he bemoaned that if unusual loses, he'll be unfairly blamed in the press for the defeat.

"I am a huge supporter of President Trump".

Moore came in first place that round, but didn't garner enough support to win the primary outright - kicking the race to a September 26 runoff with odd, who finished second.

Some political observers say the runoff will be an early test of Trump's influence over his political base.

"I might have made a mistake".

Now he's running for Senate, but he'll have to get past another Republican who's backed by President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. But even at times, some of those assertions seemed downright implausible.

Trump made a point of saying that odd doesn't really know (or barely knows) Mitch McConnell.

Trump is jumping into the special election at a time when odd could use all the help he can get before the primary election on Tuesday night. Both are facing off in a GOP primary runoff for the ability to finish out now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions' term.

"I've never really been in favor of it [the Electoral College], but now I appreciate it", Trump said at a rally in Alabama for Sen. Robert Bentley. But Strange accepted Bentley's appointment to the Senate, which ended his investigation. The governor eventually resigned. Trump recounted how, on efforts last spring to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, he tried to wine and dine senators to vote for the bill, and many wanted something in return or for him to meet their families.

While Strange is now supporting the President's agenda, his true allegiance is with McConnell and the Republican Party establishment.

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While Trump emphasized his support for odd, his speech also delved into his White House agenda, as well as many of his campaign themes.

"A vote for Judge Moore isn't a vote against the President, it is a vote for the people's agenda that elected the President", Mr Palin said at a raucous Thursday night rally in Montgomery which followed a debate between Mr Strange and Mr Moore.

But Strange had given him one of the "coolest" moments of the last six months of his life, Trump told the crowd.

A win by Moore in Alabama could embolden other insurgent candidates to challenge Republican incumbents in next year's congressional elections.

Trump said he decided "very intelligently to campaign in the states that you have to win for the Electoral College victory that you need". At times, he'd weave back in praise of unusual, but his most animated moments were talking about some of his pet issues.

He added: "No, Russia did not help me, that I can tell you, OK?"

He lashed out at North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, calling him a "madman".

During his campaign, Trump often expressed nostalgia for the "old days" - claiming, for example, that protesters at his rallies would have been carried out on stretchers back then. John McCain's announcement Friday that he opposes the latest GOP health care bill - effectively ending the party's chances for now at repealing Obamacare. Saying the nation is as divided now as it was during the Civil War, he remarked, "We've got blacks and whites fighting, reds and yellows fighting, Democrats and Republicans fighting, men and women fighting".

At one point, Trump referenced the recent trend - started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick - of black football players taking a knee during the national anthem in protest.

  • Lawrence Cooper