President Trump deleted a round of tweets pumping Sen. Luther Strange’s campaign shortly after he lost to Roy Moore in Alabama’s tight runoff race Tuesday night.
The trio of tweets penned Monday and Tuesday were a last-ditch attempt to sway voters for Trump’s endorsed candidate, Strange, over former judge Roy Moore.
Trump’s dispatches vanished without explanation shortly after he returned to the White House. He soon called Moore to congratulate the Republican candidate on his primary election victory.
One tweet said, “Luther Strange has been shooting up in the Alabama polls since my endorsement.”
“Finish the job – vote today for “Big Luther,” Trump wrote, according to ProPublica’s Politwoops.
Another said Strange is “tough on crime & border – will never let you down.”
ProPublica’s Politwoops keeps track of Trump’s deleted tweets.
The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics caught onto Trump’s disappearing feed. The government watchdog is suing Trump, claiming he is violating the Presidential Records Act by deleting tweets.
“Trump can try to erase his support of Strange, but under the Presidential Records Act, all his tweets must be archived (we’re suing over it), the nonprofit wrote Tuesday.
A handful of pro-Strange tweets remain on Trump’s feed from August and September, including one that boasts “Alabama is sooo lucky to have a candidate like ‘Big’ Luther Strange.”
Trump first endorsed Strange in August for the state’s special election to replace a seat left vacant by Jeff Sessions, who was tapped to lead the Justice Department.
Moore will now face off with Democrat Doug Jones in December.