President Donald Trump likes to remind us all that he’s a “winner” — even though he lost the popular vote in the presidential election, has filed for bankruptcy six times, and has yet to pass a major piece of legislation in his first eight months in office.
So after Tuesday’s primary election results in Alabama, Trump was understandably upset that he had backed Luther Strange, the current incumbent senator, who lost to an extremist right-wing challenger, Roy Moore.
Those who were close to Trump in the hours after the primary results were called in favor of Moore describe a man who was livid with what just happened. The president was “infuriated” with the outcome, reports CNN, with one source commenting that Trump adjourned for the evening “embarrassed and pissed.”
Some of the displays of Trump’s embarrassment were more public than what he did behind closed doors. On Tuesday evening, after the election results were certain, Trump began deleting tweets he had made in support of Strange in an apparent attempt to cover up the fact that he had backed the loser in the primary election.
Trump had told advisers that he was reluctant to back Strange, who he deemed a “low energy” candidate, sources say. Still, he was convinced by his staffers that backing Strange was the right thing to do to ensure an establishment voice (and not an independent, albeit right-wing one) came to Washington. Trump also felt he had to back Strange because the senator had publicly pushed for and supported Trump’s plans in Congress.
Sources have also told CNN that Trump places much of the blame on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Additionally, the president feels that the Moore victory is a win for former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, who was ousted from the administration last month.
Roy Moore, who won the primary race Tuesday night, will go on to face Democratic nominee Doug Jones. Moore is expected to win the race, although some Democrats feel more enthused about their prospects after Strange’s loss.
Moore does have the endorsement of one big-named political leader: Trump, who deleted several pro-Strange tweets, sent out th
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
Watch the video below of GOP candidate Roy Moore pulling out a gun during a campaign rally.