Roy Moore

Roy Moore defends potential 2020 Senate run after Trump pushback

Roy Moore with a group behind him.
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Roy Moore pushed back against President Trump's warning to not make another bid for the Senate next year, telling Politico Wednesday that the president "doesn't control who votes for the United States Senate in Alabama."

The backdrop: The former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice fell to Democratic Sen. Doug Jones in a 2017 special election following numerous allegations of sexual misconduct. After Moore announced that he is eyeing another run, Trump, despite having previously campaigned on Moore's behalf, tweeted earlier this week that he "cannot win" and that "the consequences will be devastating."

Trump says he won't support a 2020 Senate run by Alabama's Roy Moore

This image is a split screen of Moore and Trump.
Roy Moore and President Trump. Photos: Joe Raedle/Getty Images; Charly Triballeau/Pool/Getty Images

President Trump said he won't support a 2020 Senate run by Alabama's Roy Moore in a pair of Wednesday tweets.

Why it matters: The possibility that Moore may launch another run for the seat is worrying Republican leaders who fear his candidacy could damage the GOP's chances to win it back from Democratic Sen. Doug Jones, who is considered one of the most vulnerable incumbent senators in the 2020 cycle.