Disgraced former Alabama Judge Roy Moore, who has been accused by multiple women of sexual assault, is running for the U.S. Senate again.
Moore announced he was running Thursday at a news conference, saying “the people of Alabama know dirty politics. They’re angry.”
He previously ran for Senate in a 2017 special election but lost to Democrat Doug Jones after Moore was accused of sexually assaulting multiple teenage girls. Jones is running for election to a full term in 2020.
ep. Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.), who announced his candidacy for the Senate seat in February, previously said he would welcome Moore to the race.
“He knows that if I run I will beat Doug Jones,” Moore tweeted in May, referring to Byrne. Trump responded with a tweet of his own, saying Moore “probably won’t” win if he runs.
Moore responded to Trump’s opposition Thursday by saying the president is “being pushed” by the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
“I don’t know what he’s thinking,” Moore said. “I can’t speak for him. But I can say I don’t disagree with him in lots of his policies.”
“I’m not going against President Trump,” Moore added.
However, the president’s son Donald Trump Jr. disputed that, calling it “fake news.”