President Trump backs Luther Strange at rally in Huntsville

Sunday, 24 Sep, 2017

"I shouldn't be doing it-the last thing I want to do is be involved in a primary", Trump said, adding, "I might have made a mistake". Still, he bemoaned that if odd loses, he'll be unfairly blamed in the press for the defeat. President Donald Trump entered the rally, like he's done every time in Alabama, to the tune of "Sweet Home Alabama".

Trump's hard-nosed reaction to protests by several athletes over treatment of blacks by police came Friday night during a freewheeling rally in Alabama.

Most critically, the election will be a barometer of Trump's continuing popularity and influence in a state where almost two-thirds of voters supported him in 2016, one of the highest concentrations of support in the country.

Moore, the state's former Supreme Court chief justice, and incumbent Sen. "Vote for your victory", President Trump said. But he said twice that Luther would "definitely", "easily" win against Democrat Doug Jones in the December general election.

Strange, who has also been endorsed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, said his critics are linking him to McConnell in an effort to portray him as part of the Washington, D.C., establishment. But even at times, some of those assertions seemed downright implausible. "He doesn't know Mitch McConnell", Trump said. The former state attorney general was handed the seat after former senator Jeff Sessions was appointed attorney general by Trump. "That I can tell you", Trump said.

And he lamented that odd, who he noted had fought against public corruption in his previous career as attorney general of Alabama, had been saddled as an establishment candidate.

While Strange is now supporting the President's agenda, his true allegiance is with McConnell and the Republican Party establishment. But he said: "I think you're going to come back and you're going to kick everyone's ass and you're going to be great".

Vice President Mike Pence will not be at a rally for unusual as originally planned on Monday, citing a schedule change. Luther Strange, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Huntsville, Ala.

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Unusual offered to support Trump on a bill to repeal Obamacare without asking anything for it, Trump told a capacity crowd at Huntsville's Von Braun Center.

With the endorsement, Trump took what he admitted was a risk - pumping his own political capital into an effort to carry odd to victory, even though a Moore win could put a dent in Trump's influence. And for some Alabama Republicans, the support of a president they adore wasn't enough to dissuade them from supporting Moore. "But, alas, 10 months later, guys, the swamp, it's trying to hijack this presidency". At times, he'd weave back in praise of odd, but his most animated moments were talking about some of his pet issues.

Buoyed by chants of "build the wall", he talked about the need to have a see-through wall at the southern border so that drug traffickers couldn't throw bushels of drugs over and hit people on the other side on the head.

He called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a "madman". He called the investigation into Russia's possible role "the Russian hoax".

Trump, who was in Alabama campaigning for Sen.

"John McCain never had any intention of voting for this Bill, which his Governor loves". "He may be smart. he may be insane. but no matter what he is, we are going to handle him".

The president also dwelledon NFL players who take a knee during the National Anthem in peaceful protest.

On the issue of violence on the field, Trump said players are being thrown out for aggressive tackles, and it's "not the same game".