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Trump endorses Martha Roby despite her 2016 rebuke

Rep. Martha Roby, R-Ala., speaking at the podium on Capitol Hill
Rep. Martha Roby (R-Ala.) on Capitol Hill. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

President Trump tweeted his endorsement of Rep. Martha Roby (R-Ala.) Friday, despite Roby's impassioned rebuke of Trump in the wake of the Access Hollywood scandal during his 2016 presidential campaign, when she said: "I cannot look my children in the eye and justify a vote for a man who promotes and boasts about sexually assaulting women."

Behind the scenes: It's a stunning signal of support, given Trump's fixation on loyalty. Meanwhile, there’s been consternation within Trumpworld over whether to endorse Roby, who has worked hard at gaining back the president's approval.