Moore, 70, who pledged to be an uncompromising conservative and to support Trump's agenda, campaigned against McConnell, saying the senator from Kentucky is trying to preserve the status quo and work against the president.
"If his opponent wins, I'm going to be here campaigning like hell for him" in the general election, Trump said. While President Donald Trump campaigned for odd, many of his advisers have stumped for Moore instead. "Tuesday!" Trump tweeted last week. Moore lost his seat on the Alabama Supreme Court in 2003 after defying a federal court order to remove a commandments statue from the state judicial grounds.
Upon his victory, Moore took the stage at his victory rally in Montgomery and doused tensions about his opposing stand with Trump's agendas. Moore is the Republican nominee, but he still needs to win the general election against Democrat and former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones in December.
This could make it even more hard than it already is for Republicans to pass meaningful legislation, like a tax reform package or an infrastructure bill.
Prior to removing references to Strange, Trump deleted a tweet congratulating Moore and directing the Alabama judge to "WIN in Nov!"
Throughout the campaign, Moore argued the election was a chance to send a message to the "elite Washington establishment". Trump's decision to support odd was condemned even by his allies and White House advisors. "We did the right thing, we did it the right way", unusual said in his concession speech. But a number of Trump's current and former aides endorsed the controversial Moore, including former White House strategist Steve Bannon and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson. "Alabama answered today", Bannon said.
Trump endorsed unusual in the race and tweeted support for him on multiple occasions.
At one point during his 90-minute speech, Trump seemed to back away from a whole-hearted endorsement, suggesting that he may have made a mistake in picking odd over Moore.