PENSACOLA, Fla. — President Trump gave a message to Alabama voters who made the trip to Pensacola for his Friday night rally: Go out and vote for Roy Moore.
It was Trump’s fourth visit to Pensacola in two years and his first since being elected.
Many had speculated that the rally in Pensacola, which is near the Alabama border and feeds television markets in the state, was a backdoor way for the president to give Moore’s campaign a boost without actually setting foot in the state.
“We cannot afford … to lose a seat in the very, very close United States Senate,” Trump said. “We need somebody in that Senate seat who will vote for our ‘Make America Great Again’ agenda … So get out and vote for Roy Moore. Do it. Do it.”
Polls in the usually safe Republican state have shown a tight race between Republican candidate Roy Moore and Democratic candidate Doug Jones, after four women accused Moore of making sexual advances toward them while they were teenagers and Moore was in his 30s.
The woman, Beverly Young Nelson, said Friday she’d added “notes” under Moore’s note and signature in her high school yearbook, which she’d previously offered as evidence of their relationship. Moore’s campaign has alleged that the entire entry was a forgery. Trump chided the woman’s lawyer, Gloria Allred.