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President Trump speaks in Pensacola, Fla. Rally: part one
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President Donald Trump doubled down on his support for the embattled Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore at a Florida rally on Friday night, say supporters of the “get out and vote for Roy Moore.”
Many had speculated that the rally in Pensacola, near the Alabama border-feeds and TV markets in the state, a back door for the President to give-Moore-campaign a boost, without actually stepping foot in the state.
Moore, 70, has been dogged by multiple accusations of sexual misconduct, including allegations that he sexually harassed two teenage girls and pursues romantic relationships with a number of others, while in his 30s. He has denied the allegations.
Not to mention Trump, Moore for the first 40 minutes of his speech, which lasted about 80 minutes. To recognize, finally, appear in a Moore-supporters in front of the stage, the President asked how many members of the crowd were from Alabama.
“We can’t afford … to lose a seat in the very, very close to the United States Senate,” Trump said. “We need somebody to be the seat of the Senate, the votes for our “Make America Great Again’ agenda … So get out and vote for Roy Moore. You can do it. You can do it.”
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Trump reiterated past criticism of Moore’s Democratic opponent, Doug Jones.
“We can’t afford a liberal Democrat who is completely controlled by Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer,” the President said. “His name is Jones, and he is the whole of their dolls and everyone knows it.”
The President refers a of Moore, his accusers, Beverly young, of Nelson, admitted on Friday that they had written, part of an inscription in your Yearbook that you originally attributed to Moore in its entirety.
ROY MOORE, THE PROSECUTOR, ” SHE WROTE, PART OF THE YEARBOOK INSCRIPTION, ARE ATTRIBUTED TO HIM
“So you saw what happened today?” Trump asked. “You know, the Yearbook? Have you seen this? It was made a small error, she began to write, the things in the Yearbook.”
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To say Trump then took a shot at Nelson’s lawyer, Gloria Allred, “when you see them, you know something went wrong.”
White House spokesman Raj Shah told reporters aboard Air Force One, the President and the White house is said to have made clear, you can find the allegations “disturbing and connection” and believe you “should be taken seriously.” But he said Moore has maintained his innocence, and this should be taken into account, as well.
“In the end, his endorsement is about the issues,” said Shah. “He doesn’t want to see Alabama elects Nancy Pelosi/Chuck Schumer’s puppet, which is wrong on the issues and not the support of the agenda,” he said, referring to the top Democrats in Congress Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.
Top Republicans, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, and Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell had called on to come to Moore to step aside after the allegations were made public.
During the rally, Trump also crowed about the stock market profits, and other upbeat economic indicators. He said he was confident that he would win re-election in the year 2020, in spite of his dismal approval rating.
“I think it is very difficult to beat for someone who said to us in a couple of years ago,” Trump, on the effect on the 401(k) investments. “Everything you have to say is: With us, it goes uphill with them it goes down. And that is the end of the election, right?”
But the President also spoke about some of the darker themes, telling the audience, “It is, we have proven a rigged system.”
“It is said a sick system from the inside” Trump. “And, you know, there is no country like our country, but we have a lot of diseases that in some of our institutions.”
Trump also took his now customary shots at the media, based on exposed to ABC News correspondent Brian Ross as a “cheater” and mock CNN for a false report earlier in the day on his campaign for the contacts with Wikileaks.
CNN DATES, INACCURATE, TRUMP’S CAMPAIGN REPORTS WIKILEAKS SNEAK PEAK HAD SCREWED UP
“You apologized! Thank you CNN!” Trump exclaimed in mock gratitude. “Thank you so much! You should apologize for the last two years.”
The audience at the Pensacola Bay Center include some Alabama voters, who travelled across the border for the rally.
“The lies are just malicious lies,” said John Maddalena, chief of the south Alabama Chapter of “bikers for Trump.” Maddalena and his wife, Alisha, riding on the Trump rally from their home in the vicinity of Montgomery, Ala.
Alisha described himself as a “strong woman” who still do not believe that Moore and his accusers.
“Let him sit there and judge people,” as a lawyer “for 40 years and not say something?”, she asked. “You wait until he is running to come into the Senate with this? It makes you suspicious.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.