Donald Trump's early morning tweets supporting Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore earned a swift rebuke from GOP Sen. John Thune.
Donald Trump woke up on Sunday morning and promptly took to Twitter to reaffirm his support for accused child molester Roy Moore.
But this continued backing of Moore in the Alabama Senate race earned a swift rebuke from within his own party.
Trump attacked Moore’s Democratic opponent Doug Jones and made it clear to voters that he stands firmly on the side of the accused sexual predator.
While he stopped short of naming Moore, Trump called his opponent a “Schumer/Pelosi puppet” and said his election to the U.S. Senate “would be a disaster.”
“Can’t let Schumer/Pelosi win this race,” he tweeted. “Liberal Jones would be BAD!”
Responding to the tweets a short time later, Republican Sen. John Thune denounced Trump’s support for Moore and questioned why he wouldn’t take a stand and call for the alleged pedophile to step aside.
“I would like to see the president come out and do what we’ve done, saying Moore should step aside,” Sen. Thune said in an interview on Fox News Sunday.
— FoxNewsSunday (@FoxNewsSunday) November 26, 2017
Moore is facing accusations of sexual assault from nine different women, several of whom were minors when the alleged abuse took place.
Since the allegations surfaced, Moore has lost the support of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the Republican National Committee, and most leaders of the Republican party including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.
But he hasn’t lost Trump.
Last week, former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele called Trump’s defense of Moore “sickening” and “beyond stupid.”
Of course, Trump is walking a fine line when it comes to Moore. If he spoke out against the accused child molester, he would have to acknowledge that he believes Moore’s accusers — and for Trump, believing women is a perilous road to go down.