President Trump may have thought he was helping out the Republican party when he came out yesterday essentially supporting Republican Roy Moore, by actively saying no one should vote for his opponent, Democrat Doug Jones, in the December 12 special senatorial election in Alabama. That choice, however, may further alienate him from his own party, where prominent Republican voices like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senator John McCain and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan have said Moore should step aside. The Republican National Committee (RNC) and the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) both refuse to support Moore’s candidacy, according to The Hill, after eight women have accused Moore of sexual misconduct, including the charge that Moore had sexual contact with a 14-year-old child in the 1970’s when Moore was in his 30’s.
Now Trump’s choice to implicitly support Moore may also alienate him from his own daughter, Ivanka Trump. Ivanka has said that she believes Roy Moore’s accusers and, about Moore, that “There is a special place in hell for people who prey on children.” According to Haaretz, Ivanka’s statement is now being used in a campaign ad from Moore’s opponent, Democrat Doug Jones. The ad also mentions quotes from other prominent GOP figures who denounce Moore. One of these is the other Alabama Senator, Republican Richard Shelby, who has indicated he “absolutely will not” vote for Moore. Another is Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who spoke about Moore’s accusers to say that “I have no reason to doubt these young women.”
Here is Doug Jones’ ad:
AL-Sen: New Doug Jones TV ad features quotes from Ivanka Trump, Jeff Sessions and Richard Shelby
Voiceover: “Conservative voices putting children and women over party. Doing what’s right.” pic.twitter.com/gadoU4lfh0
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Doug Jones’ ad, in describing these Republican voices that denounce Moore, says “Conservative voices putting children and women over party. Doing what’s right.” An implication to be taken from that statement is something that echoes how many people feel – that Donald Trump was doing something wrong by effectively advocating that people still vote for Moore.
Both President Donald Trump and his stooge, Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, have gone on the air to say that people should not vote for Jones, which has to mean that they think people should vote for Moore. They won’t actually say “vote for Moore”, though, apparently thinking they can skirt the scandal around Moore. That is just a cowardly approach – they are advocating Moore for the senate seat, even if they won’t say it directly. Trump must think the public is stupid if he thinks we don’t get the implication that he supports Moore, because Moore is a Republican, because Moore would likely vote “yes” on Trump’s tax plan. President Trump’s choice to advocate for party politics over common human decency is simply repugnant and may come back to bite him, as he further loses support not just from Democrats, but even from Republicans.
If Ivanka and Donald Trump are seeing each other over Thanksgiving, expect there to be some awkward stares across the table.