Trump Urges Roy Moore Not To Run For AL Senate Again: He ‘Cannot Win’

MONTGOMERY, AL - DECEMBER 13: Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks after loosing, during an election-night watch party at the RSA activity center in Montgomery, Ala. on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. (Photo by ... MONTGOMERY, AL - DECEMBER 13: Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks after loosing, during an election-night watch party at the RSA activity center in Montgomery, Ala. on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images) MORE LESS

President Trump dashed Roy Moore’s (second) Senate hopes before they even began.

In a tweet thread on Wednesday morning, Trump urged the candidate he previously endorsed during Alabama’s last raucous Senate race not to run by not-so-subtly suggesting that a Moore bid would have “devastating” consequences and the candidate “cannot win.”

While Moore hasn’t officially announced he’s running, he’s made it clear he’s seriously considering taking a second shot at the Senate seat, currently occupied by his former opponent Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL). The Hill reported on Tuesday that Moore intends to announce his candidacy sometime next month.

While Moore’s former campaign spokesperson didn’t confirm the news to TPM, Moore tweeted out the article alongside a quote from Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL), who is running for Jones’ seat, suggesting that Byrne is worried about his potential candidacy.

Moore’s former campaign spokesperson did not immediately return TPM’s request for comment about Trump’s tweets, but Moore tweeted Wednesday morning, pondering why “the mere mention of my name scares the ‘hell’ out of” people.

Moore’s loss to Jones put a Democrat in the ruby-red Senate seat for the first time in 25 years. Moore was dismissed by many in the Republican Party after several women came forward alleging he made sexual advances toward them when they were teens and he was in his 30s.

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