Trump Humiliated By His Own Party After Roy Moore Defeats Luther Strange

Trump Humiliated By His Own Party After Roy Moore Defeats Luther Strange

Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was projected to soundly defeat Sen. "He ran a spirited campaign centered around a dissatisfaction with the progress made in Washington", McConnell said in his statement. The party's stumbles on Capitol Hill have fed into a growing frustration with its leadership, and Moore's win underscores the vulnerability of incumbents such as Heller and Arizona Sen. However, Trump's praise for odd and his ranting against National Football League players failed to convince Alabama Republicans, who preferred Moore 55% to 45%. He even carries a pocket pamphlet that he published with a legal theory of God's supremacy. Moore, meanwhile, has reveled in casting himself as an outsider.

Moore's victory on Tuesday also has national political implications.

According to Pew, 86 percent of Alabama residents identify as Christian, and 49 percent as evangelical Protestants. "I believe in the Second Amendment", Moore said as he pulled a handgun from his pocket. He was twice removed from office in almost 15 years - once for his refusal to remove a Ten Commandments monument he installed in the rotunda at the state Supreme Court in 2003, and again in 2016 after he issued an order barring probate judges from issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

After several lawsuits, Moore was ordered to remove the monument.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Moore said on the vote: "God has put me in this election at this time, and all the nation is watching".

Wearing a white cowboy hat and leather vest at a Monday night rally, Moore repeated the conservative Christian themes he has used his entire public career. Again, he invoked the Bible during his swearing-in ceremony. A man of his word, in 2005 Moore said homosexuality should be illegal.

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Moore, 70, has been ousted from his state Supreme Court position twice. Moore has compared homosexuality to bestiality and called it "an inherent evil against which children must be protected". He dropped racial slurs on the campaign trail.

Known as "Big Luther" - at 6 foot 9, he is the tallest senator in US history - he has also faced attacks for his work as a lobbyist for Sonat Offshore, an influential gas utility, and as a corporate lawyer in Birmingham. Moore's fearmongering claim, experts concluded, has no basis in fact.

"I'm here tonight to say I stand with Luther".

UPDATE: He took to Twitter late Tuesday night to congratulate the new likely senator from Alabama.

Cygnal, a GOP consulting firm based in Alabama, commissioned a poll and found that "Trump's endorsement does not appear to have impacted the race", the firm's Matt Hubbard wrote in a memo shared with NBC News. "America needs Judge Moore". Moore, on the other hand, was able to capitalize on his support from conservative grassroots voters who have known him for years, thanks to his incendiary comments on issues such as religion and same-sex marriage.