Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona wrote out a $100 check to Alabama Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones Tuesday, in an apparent response to President Trump’s formal endorsement of embattled Republican candidate Roy Moore.
Flake tweeted out a picture of his gift, adding the caption, “Country before Party.” The phrase was likewise written on the subject line of the check.
Country over Party pic.twitter.com/ JZMTaEYdxQ
— Jeff Flake (@ JeffFlake) December 5, 2017 blockquote > div >
— Doug Jones (@ GDouglasJones) December 5, 2017 blockquote > div >
Moore responded to Flake’s donation with a broadside of his own on Twitter describing Flake as a “Pro-amnesty, big gov’t Republican Senator” and called for “1 00 grassroots reactionaries to step up and reject the DC Establishment”
CALLING ALL PATRIOTS! Pro-amnesty, big gov’t Republican Senator @JeffFlake just donated to my pro-abortion, open margins, anti-gun liberal opponent.
— Judge Roy Moore (@ MooreSenate) December 5, 2017 blockquote > div >
Moore, a former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, has been accused of sex misconduct by several females. One of the women has alleged that Moore molested her in the late-1 970 s, when she was 14 and he was in his early 30 s.
Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb ., who has also blamed Moore, tweeted that Flake’s donation “is a bad idea, ” and quoted Jones’ position on abortion.
“It’s possible to be against BOTH partial birth abortion AND child molestation, ” Sasse tweeted. “Happily, most Americans are.”
This donation is a bad idea.
It’s possible to be against BOTH partial birth abortion AND child molestation. Happily, most Americans are. https :// t.co/ BjVH2gL 69 F
— Ben Sasse (@ BenSasse) December 6, 2017 blockquote > div >
Republican leaders in Washington, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, called on Moore to drop out of the race after the initial accusations. Nonetheless, Moore refused to step aside and Trump hurled his support behind Moore with a week to go before the election.
“I think he’s going to do very well. We don’t want to have a liberal Democrat in Alabama, believes me, ” Trump said Tuesday during a lunch with Republican senators. “We crave strong margins, we want stop felony, we want to have the matters that we represent and we are genuinely don’t want to have a liberal Democrat that’s controlled by Nancy Pelosi and controlled by Chuck Schumer, we don’t want to have that for Alabama.”
Following the White House meeting, Flake told reporters “I disagree” with the Trump’s endorsement.
“I have a very different belief of Roy Moore and what that does for the working party, ” Flake said. “I do believe the president is wrong here and I think it will have an adverse effect on the party in the long term.”
Flake has said he will not run for re-election to the Senate next year and was caught last month on a hot mic telling an Arizona mayor “if we become the party of Roy Moore and Donald Trump, we are toast.”
The special election is for the seat once held by Jeff Sessions , now the U.S. attorney general. Although the polls have indicated a constricting race between Moore and Democrat Doug Jones, Alabama is a strongly Republican state which has not elected a Democrat for U.S. Senate since Richard Shelby in 1992. Shelby switched parties two years later.
Fox News’ Bree Tracey contributed to this report, along with The Associated Press . i>