Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., the man appointed to fill Jeff Sessions’ Senate seat when the longtime senator became attorney general, characterized President Trump’s victory in November as a “biblical miracle.”
“President Trump is the greatest thing that’s happened to this country,” Strange said in a forum hosted by the Montgomery County Republican Executive Committee over the weekend, AL.com reported.
“I consider it a biblical miracle that he’s there,” Strange added.
Trump won the state of Alabama in November with 62.9 percent of the vote to Hillary Clinton’s 34.6 percent.
The anti-establishment candidate enjoyed the early support of Sessions, and held one of his earliest trademark campaign rallies in Mobile in August 2015, which was attended by over 30,000 people.
As reported by Western Journalism, the two other most prominent Republicans in the special election to replace Sessions include former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore and U.S. Representative Mo Brooks.
Regarding Strange’s comment about Trump’s election “miracle,” Moore told Western Journalism that he would not put it on level with a “biblical miracle.” However, the judge recalled saying during a speech at Trump’s inaugural prayer breakfast in January that the November victory was an act of “Divine Providence,” and that “America had been given a reprieve from judgement.”
Moore, a West Point graduate and Vietnam War veteran, proclaimed the day he entered the race, “Before we can make America great again, we’ve got to make America good again.” His words were a reference to both President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan and the famous mid-19th century observer of American culture, Alexis de Tocqueville.
De Tocqueville famously wrote that “if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”
Moore is best known for placing a monument of the Ten Commandments in the state’s judicial building in Montgomery, as well as for instructing lower court judges not to issue same-sex marriage licences unless the state of Alabama changed its constitution and its laws.
Moore contended the U.S. Supreme Court had no constitutional authority to override state laws defining marriage, describing its 2015 ruling mandating same-sex matrimony nationwide as, in effect, a constitutional amendment in the “guise of interpretation.”
Veteran national conservative columnist Quin Hillyer, who lives in Mobile, characterized Moore as a “political folk hero” in his state and said his “stances on the sides of the various issues are more popular in Alabama than not.”
Strange referring to Trump’s election as a biblical miracle may be an attempt to appeal to some of Moore’s supporters.
Politico reported late last month an internal poll conducted by the Brooks campaign showed Moore leading the field of Republican candidates with 31 percent support, compared to Strange’s 23 percent and Brooks’ 21 percent. The other candidates each had less than five percent support.
The primary election is slated to take place on August 15, with a runoff in September if no candidate manages to garner over 50 percent of the vote.
Despite being appointed to the position by the disgraced former Gov. Robert Bentley, the National Republican Senatorial Committee said it will treat Strange as an incumbent and put its full weight behind helping the appointee prevail against Moore and the other GOP candidates in the primary.
The NRSC’s super PAC plans to spend $2.6 million in air time for Strange, and has threatened any campaign vendors who help Moore or any other contender with being cut out from NRSC funding during the 2018 election cycle.
The general election is slated for December, but the Democrats have no prominent candidate in the race, so the winner of the Republican primary is highly favored to win the seat.
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