President Trump gave a message to Alabama voters who made the trip to Pensacola for his Friday night rally: Go out and vote for Roy Moore.
It was Trump’s fourth visit to Pensacola in two years and his first since being elected.
Thousands of people filled the 12,000-seat Pensacola Bay Center on Friday night for Trump’s “Make America Great Again” rally and hundreds were left waiting in line to get in as the doors were closed.
Trump’s visit to Pensacola was just four days before the Alabama special election to replace now-U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Polls in the usually safe Republican state have shown a tight race between Republican candidate Roy Moore and Democratic candidate Doug Jones, after four women accused Moore of making sexual advances toward them while they were teenagers and Moore was in his 30s.
Trump waited to endorse Moore until Monday, and many were speculating that his trip to Pensacola was meant to help Moore, but Trump made no mention of Moore until almost 45 minutes into his speech.
Trump asked the crowd how many of them were from Alabama — to loud cheers — after shouts from a member of the crowd of “We want Moore.”
“The future of this country cannot afford to lose a seat in the very, very close United States Senate,” Trump said. “We can’t afford it, folks. We can’t. We can’t afford to have a liberal Democrat who is completely controlled by Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. We can’t.”
The crowd booed at the mention of the congressional Democratic leaders and as Trump continued to list off all the reasons he didn’t want another Democrat in the U.S. Senate.
“We want jobs, jobs, jobs,” Trump said. “So, get out and vote for Roy Moore.”
Trump pointed to the Panhandle’s overwhelming support for him as key to winning Florida and ultimately the election.
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SOURCE: Jim Little
Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal