How could an election be so close?
In Alabama, the GOP lost the state Senate by a razor-thin margin last month, and the GOP nominee, Roy Moore, is facing sexual misconduct allegations from a woman who claims he sexually assaulted her when she was 14.
Trump was widely criticized for not immediately denouncing Moore, who has denied the accusations.
Trump and his campaign blamed a “witch hunt” by the left for the loss of the Senate.
Now, with Moore, the president is trying to take down a Republican senator.
He’s also looking for ways to undermine the integrity of his party’s electoral system.
This week, Trump’s White House sent a letter to Alabama lawmakers asking for the removal of the GOP senator, who was confirmed by the Senate to fill a vacancy created when the Senate voted to expel a sitting president.
The letter was signed by White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway, a Trump confidant, and Alabama Republican Party Chairman Matt Bevin.
Trump has also been pressuring GOP senators to vote against a bill that would remove Moore from office.
The White House says Moore’s candidacy has created an opportunity for Democrats to gain the White House.
“It’s a big deal,” Bevin told reporters Monday.
“He’s got a chance to be a spoiler and help the Democrats win the Senate.”
Trump is not the only Republican seeking to undermine Moore.
The Alabama attorney general has asked the Alabama Supreme Court to order the Alabama attorney for the state’s judicial system to investigate whether Moore sexually assaulted his accuser.
And the head of a conservative group has been asked to resign after saying Moore should not be allowed to run for the Senate, according to multiple media reports.
Trump’s comments have caused the Senate GOP majority leader, Mitch McConnell, to pull his support for Moore, according the AP.
“The president’s attacks on Moore are an attack on the American people,” McConnell said in a statement.
“These attacks are not just wrong, they are dangerous.
They are inconsistent with the values and leadership that our country needs from the president of the United States.”
The Alabama GOP said it was prepared to fight the president’s efforts to undermine its senators.
“We have been steadfast in our opposition to Roy Moore and his efforts to destroy the Republican Party,” Alabama GOP Chairman Matt Strawn said in the statement.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee, which has been working with Senate Democrats on Moore’s removal, also called on McConnell to withdraw his support.
“This attack on our Senate is a disgrace, and Mitch McConnell’s failure to condemn it sends a clear message to Republicans nationwide that this is not who we are,” NRSC Chairwoman Kay Hagan said in an email.