Donald Trump backs homophobic Senate candidate who wants gays jailed
Donald Trump has thrown his support behind disgraced homophobe Roy Moore in his bid for the US Senate.
Roy Moore was selected in a Republican primary this week ahead of a special election for the US Senate seat vacated by Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Despite a string of controversies surrounding his abhorrent views about LGBT people, Moore won a majority of the votes in the run-off, meaning he will go head-to-head with Democratic candidate Doug Jones.
Donald Trump, who sided with mainstream Republicans in backing Moore’s defeated primary opponent Luther Strange, has now vowed to throw his support behind the GOP candidate.
He tweeted: “Congratulations to Roy Moore on his Republican Primary win in Alabama. Luther Strange started way back & ran a good race. Roy, WIN in Dec!”
Due to Alabama’s heavily-Republican electoral leaning, Democratic challenger Doug Jones has a steep uphill battle to stop Moore from winning the Senate seat.
He previously vowed to “campaign like hell” for Moore to win the special election if the primary favoured him.
Moore is now on course to become the most homophobic politician elected to office in recent US history. He has previously said that “homosexual conduct should be illegal” and compared it to bestiality.
An investigation by CNN last week revealed that Moore believes gay sex should be illegal, confirming in 2005: “Homosexual conduct should be illegal, yes.”
Moore has also compared gay sex to bestiality, saying: “Just because it’s done behind closed doors, it can still be prohibited by state law
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