President Donald Trump is reportedly still smarting after Alabama Republican voters rejected Luther Strange, the candidate he endorsed for the Senate race to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
CNN’s Jim Acosta reports that “multiple White House sources” have told his network’s White House team that Trump is “embarrassed and pissed” about Luther Strange’s loss to Roy Moore, the disgraced former judge who believes that the 9/11 terrorist attacks were God’s retribution against the United States for tolerating homosexuality.
According to CNN, Trump is placing the blame squarely on Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who spent a lot of time and money trying to get Strange elected to the Senate. Trump also reportedly feels that he has been “outdone” by Steve Bannon, the former White House political strategist who campaigned heavily for Moore despite Trump’s embrace of Strange.
CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins subsequently appeared on the network to explain that Trump viewed Strange as a “low-energy” candidate whom he was strong-armed into supporting by the GOP establishment.
The president quickly deleted all tweets he had posted praising Strange after Moore’s victory in the Republican Alabama Senate primary, and he has vowed to campaign for Moore to help ensure the seat stays in Republican hands.
Watch the CNN report below.