Political Neophytes

Sep 29, 2017

The president’s son-in-law reportedly urged the president to support Luther Strange in the Alabama primary. Kushner believe that “strange’s victory would ‘enrage Steve Bannon’” according to a report by the Huffington Post. Part of the decision to back Strange may have come because Kushner may need Republicans in Congress to support him if “things go south in the Russia investigation.” The last days of the campaign saw the president speaking at a rally for Luther Strange, while Steve Bannon campaigned for Judge Moore. Judge Roy Moore won by ten points in a primary contest with incumbent Senator Luther Strange. By endorsing Strange, the president ended up on the same side as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is intensely disliked by the president’s base of supporters. Presidents rarely endorse in primaries. The endorsement of Strange pitted the president against his base of loyal supporters. Former Trump adviser, Sam Nunberg, said, “Anyone with a pulse knew that Luther was going to lose the runoff. Luther barely survived the primary.”