McConnell asked Trump to help push Moore out of the race https://t.co/PMDD43NEmQ
— Blake Hounshell (@blakehounshell) November 15, 2017
Alternative/more accurate/honest hede: McConnell asks Trump to help him nullify votes of AL Repubs bc they didn’t pick McConnell’s candidate https://t.co/sYUU8DoBey
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) November 15, 2017
I don’t remember him having a problem with Denny Hastert, although of course Hastert wasn’t “his” responsiblity…
…Trump spoke with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell from Asia last week, and the Senate leader made an urgent plea: Please help push Moore out of the contest. On Monday, as a new female accuser emerged, the Republican leader discussed the Alabama situation with White House chief of staff John Kelly and Vice President Mike Pence. The conversation centered on tax reform, but the Senate Republican leader also proposed a dramatic idea: that Sessions run as a write-in candidate or be appointed to the seat he held for two decades.
White House officials plan to convene a meeting to talk through their options soon, and Trump is widely expected to address the predicament publicly when he returns from abroad. In order for the president to get involved, some aides to the president say, he would need an airtight plan that limits his political exposure to any fallout.
It’s a vexing call for Trump. If he tries to pressure Moore out of the race, as some people close to the White House expect him to do, there’s no guarantee that the candidate will oblige. During the GOP nomination battle, Trump aggressively backed Moore’s opponent, appointed Sen. Luther Strange…
Since the allegations surfaced on Thursday, the White House has been quietly examining its options. Counselor Kellyanne Conway has been in touch with Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s office to discuss possible paths forward. And political director Bill Stepien has spoken with Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel.
On Tuesday, the RNC withdrew its support from Moore…
(But not till Tuesday. Keep that in mind, for future use.)
Anyways, ol’ Roy ain’t going without a fight…
— Judge Roy Moore (@MooreSenate) November 13, 2017
Is it possible that he’s trying to push him out ASAP so they can run a credible write-in campaign for Strange? I can’t believe McConnell doesn’t have an ulterior motive.
— Barry Cohen (@barrydcohen) November 13, 2017
3/…money Repubs need to survive: pass ACA repeal and/or tax reform or we’re cutting you off.
McConnell isn’t a good legislator, but he’s…
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) November 13, 2017