Donald Trump Jr. issued a brutal rebuke toward former judge and potential Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, in the wake of reports that Moore is planning to kick off a Senate campaign next month.
Moore managed to lose the 2017 special election, ceding the seat formerly held by Jeff Sessions to a Democrat for the first time in 20 years. His campaign was mired by a scandal regarding his alleged relationships with teenage girls while he was in his early 30s.
What did he say?
Alabama Rep. Bradley Byrne told The Hill's Scott Wong that Moore's camp told Byrne to expect a June campaign launch. Byrne also expressed doubt about whether Moore could win.
"I think people are very concerned that we Republicans lost a U.S. Senate seat because he was our nominee in 2017, and we don't need to do that again," Byrne said.
Moore jumped on Byrne's comments on Twitter.
"What is Bradley so worried about?" Moore asked. "He knows that if I run I will beat Doug Jones."
The president's son sees things differently.
"You mean like last time?" Trump Jr. wrote on Twitter. "You're literally the only candidate who could lose a GOP seat in pro-Trump, pro-USA ALABAMA. Running for office should never become a business model. If you actually care about #MAGA more than your own ego, it's time to ride off into the sunset, Judge."
The 2017 special election
Before Jones defeated Moore, a Democrat had not won a Senate election in Alabama since the 1990s. Moore's campaign was greatly weakened when numerous women said he initiated relationships with them when he was in his 30s and they were between 14 and 18 years old.
One woman, Leigh Corfman, said she and Moore had sexual contact, but not intercourse. Moore denied all the allegations, calling them attacks fro the Democratic Party and The Washington Post.