What a difference a couple of weeks and a phone call from President Donald Trump makes.
The Republican National Committee (RNC) is now once again backing Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, despite his being accused by multiple women of sexual assault when they were teens.
Trump, who has himself been accused of assault by a number of women, had been tentatively signaling support for the Republican, and then on Monday he went full Moore backer. He tweeted out his support, and also personally called the candidate.
As a result, the RNC is now jumping back into the race, transferring funds to the Alabama Republican Party, after pulling out of a joint fundraising agreement benefiting Moore back in mid-November.
“The RNC is the political arm of the president and we support the President,” a senior RNC official explained.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee, on the other hand, is sticking to its guns and is still refusing to help a man win office who even Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell thinks is guilty.
Moore released a statement on Monday thanking Trump for his endorsement.
“I am honored to receive the support and endorsement of President Donald Trump,” he said. “President Trump knows that the future of his conservative agenda in Congress hinges on this election. I look forward to fighting alongside the President to strengthen our military, secure our border, protect our gun rights, defend the sanctity of life, and confirm conservative judges to courts around this nation. We had a good conversation over the phone today and are working together towards conservative victory on December 12.”