With fresh memories of losing a shoe-in Alabama Senate seat to the Democrats, Donald Trump Jr. this week urged failed candidate Roy Moore to find another vocation. The longtime Alabama judge is said to be mulling over a comeback race for the seat he lost in 2017 to Democrat Doug Jones after a wave of sexual misconduct allegations sunk his candidacy beyond the point of repair. But Republicans, including the president’s son, think it’s time to let someone else have a shot at the seat.
“You are literally the only candidate who could lose a GOP seat in pro-Trump, pro-USA ALABAMA,” Trump Jr. tweeted on Tuesday. “Running for office should never become a business model. If you actually care about #MAGA more than your own ego, it’s time to ride off into the sunset, Judge.”
Trump Jr. was responding to another Twitter exchange in which Moore said that Republican candidate Bradley Byrne was scared of his potential entry into the race.
“What is Bradley so worried about?” asked Moore. “He knows that if I run I will beat Doug Jones.”
Um, probably not, dude. We’re with Don Jr. You had your shot. Let’s not go back down that road, please.
The president was no more excited about the possibility of a Moore comeback than his son.
“Republicans cannot allow themselves to again lose the Senate seat in the Great State of Alabama,” Trump tweeted. “This time it will be for Six Years, not just Two. I have NOTHING against Roy Moore, and unlike many other Republican leaders, wanted him to win. But he didn’t, and probably won’t.”
The conservative group Club for Growth is also discouraging another Moore bid.
“Should Roy Moore run for the Alabama Senate Republican nomination, as with the previous attempt, he will not be successful and he will not receive the support of the Club for Growth PAC,” said the group’s spokesman, Joe Kildea. “We are meeting with other candidates, and following interviews and polling will make an endorsement.”
It is still within the realm of possibility that Moore was unfairly railroaded by the media in 2017’s special election, but the fact of the matter is: Enough is enough. The allegations aren’t going away, and no amount of counter-punching is going to make Moore a more palatable candidate. The Alabama seat should be in Republican hands, and defeating Doug Jones should be a walk in the park. With the right candidate, it will be. With Moore, it’s very much a jump ball. There’s absolutely no reason to take the gamble.