Trump Calls Doug Jones a 'Schumer/Pelosi Puppet'

President attacked Democratic candidate for Senate without endorsing his opponent, Roy Moore
By Josh Rosenblatt,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 26, 2017 10:10 AM CST
Trump Calls Doug Jones a 'Schumer/Pelosi Puppet'
Doug Jones   (Aly Grice/Troy Messenger via AP, File)

President Trump once again made his opinions known about next month's special election for the Alabama Senate seat, but once again he did so without explicitly endorsing the embattled Republican nominee, Roy Moore. On Sunday morning, Trump tweeted a scathing attack on Moore's Democratic rival, Doug Jones, calling him a "Schumer/Pelosi puppet who is WEAK on Crime, WEAK on the border," the Hill reports. "Liberal Jones," Trump wrote, "would be BAD!" Last week, Trump made a similar statement about the race, not endorsing Moore but telling reporters, "We don't need a liberal person in there, a Democrat." Moore has been under siege since several women accused him of sexual misconduct when they were just teenagers, one as young as 14.

Trump's position stands in stark contrast to that of the Republican establishment, including the Senate leadership, many of whom have called on Moore to drop out of the race. As Trump was tweeting Sunday, John Thune, the powerful senator from South Dakota, was on Fox News Sunday saying he would like to see the president use his influence to get Moore out of the race. "I would like to see the president come out and do what we’ve done, saying Moore should step aside," Thune said. The issue has even divided Trump's family. The New York Times reports that Trump was annoyed with his daughter, Ivanka, for saying there's a "special place in hell for people who prey on children." (More Donald Trump stories.)

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