President Trump said he may have made a mistake by endorsing Luther Strange in the Republican primary for the Alabama U.S. Senate seat Jeff Sessions vacated when he was nominated Attorney General. At a rally for the Trump-backed candidate Friday night, the president talked about what the reaction would be if Strange lost. However, Trump said Strange is the candidate who can win the general election against Democratic nominee Doug Jones.
The president promised to back Roy Moore, Strange's opponent, if he won the primary.
"I might have made a mistake and I'll be honest I might have made a mistake," Trump told the crowd at the rally. "If Luther doesn't win, they're not going to say we picked up 25 points in a very short period of time. They're going to say Donald Trump, the president of the United States, was unable to pull his candidate across the line. It is a terrible, terrible moment for Trump. This is total embarrassment."
Trump praised Moore as a good man and said to Strange, "I have to say this, if his opponent wins, I'm going to be here campaigning like hell for him."
"But I have to say this, and you understand this and just look at the polls, Luther will definitely win," Trump said.
"Roy has a very good chance of not winning in the general election. It's all about the general. Don't forget, we don't stop here. You have an election coming up the day this is over. So this is over on Tuesday. On Wednesday morning, the new race begins. You've got to beat a Democrat. Luther is going to win easily and Roy's going to have a hard time winning. But I will be backing him if he wins. I will be backing him, OK? I'll tell you that," Trump hedged.