Donald Trump on Monday officially endorsed embattled Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore, who has been accused of sexual misconduct with teenage girls decades ago.
Trump called Moore and the men “discussed the state of the Alabama Senate race and the president endorsed Judge Moore’s campaign,” Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary Raj Shah said.
A short time later, Moore’s campaign put out a statement thanking Trump for the endorsement.
The president had previously supported Moore but not used the word “endorsement” in his tweets or public comments.
“I am honored to receive the support and endorsement of President Donald Trump,” Moore said. “President Trump knows that the future of his conservative agenda in Congress hinges on this election.”
Trump’s endorsement came eight days before the special Senate election in the state, where polls have shown Moore and the Democrat Doug Jones in a dead heat.
Earlier Monday, Trump took to Twitter to offer his strongest support yetto Moore, whose campaign has been rocked in recent weeks by repeated allegations that he, years ago, engaged in sexual misconduct with women, some as young as 14.
“Democrats refusal to give even one vote for massive Tax Cuts is why we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama. We need his vote on stopping crime, illegal immigration, Border Wall, Military, Pro Life, V.A., Judges 2nd Amendment and more. No to Jones, a Pelosi/Schumer Puppet,” Trump tweeted in the first of two posts.