“Congratulations to Roy Moore on his Republican Primary win in Alabama. Luther Strange started way back & ran a good race. Roy, WIN in Dec,” he tweeted. A few hours later, he followed up: “Spoke to Roy Moore of Alabama last night for the first time. Sounds like a really great guy who ran a fantastic race. He will help to #MAGA.”
In reality, the victory by Moore – a 70-year-old firebrand who defeated Strange, the candidate who Trump had endorsed and campaigned for – just made life a lot tougher for the President, who was said to be “embarrassed and pissed” that his man lost. He even deleted his tweets in support of Strange, presumably hoping nobody would notice.
Spoke to Roy Moore of Alabama last night for the first time. Sounds like a really great guy who ran a fantastic race. He will help to #MAGA!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 27, 2017
Nine months into his presidency, Trump is flailing and struggling to move forward on the promises he made on the campaign trail. This week, the third attempt by Republicans to repeal and replace Obamacare fizzled and failed after it became clear they did not have sufficient votes.
Desperate for a win, the President and the Republican leadership in the House and Senate are pushing ahead with tax reform, and Trump has announced he plans a sweeping rewrite of the federal tax code – including the cutting of corporate tax rate from 35 per cent to 20 per cent.
His proposal will also lower the top income tax rate from 39.6 percent to 35 per cent: something many will see as a gift for the wealthiest in society.
Yet getting such legislation passed while juggling the nation’s budget faces many hurdles, including the opposition of conservative Republicans on Capitol Hill who want to see federal spending cut to the bone. In the past, they have shown they are willing to force a government shutdown to push their point.
The election to the Senate of a man like Moore, someone who has spent his career courting controversial issues and promoting himself as an anti-establishment individual, will only make things tougher for Trump and the Republican leadership.
That was why Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell poured so much money into Strange’s campaign, and why Trump and Vice President Mike Pence appeared alongside him in Alabama. The last thing they needed was another maverick who might be…