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Palin Splits With Trump Over Alabama Senate Race

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While President Donald Trump is headed to Alabama on Friday to campaign for Senator Luther Strange, R-Ala., one of the president's prominent supporters is backing the rival candidate in next week's Republican primary runoff.

Former Alaska Governor and Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin lashed out at Strange on Thursday at rally for his opponent, former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore.

Palin claimed Strange is part of the "swamp" that Trump has pledged to drain, pointing to his ties to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ken.

"The president needs support to keep the promises that elected him," Palin told the crowd at a pro-Moore rally in Montgomery, Alabama. "So we're sending someone that has the back of the people, not McConnell's."

Trump has been a vocal supporter of Strange, but Palin argued that Moore would be a better representative of the movement that elected the president.

"This is not a vote against the president," Palin said. "It is a vote for the people's movement that elected the president."

Former Trump aide Sebastian Gorka, who left the White House in August but has remained loyal to the president, also spoke in support of Moore at the rally.

Nonetheless, Trump continued to voice his support for Strange in a post on Twitter on Friday, highlighting the senator's improvement in the polls since his endorsement.

"Will be in Alabama tonight. Luther Strange has gained mightily since my endorsement, but will be very close. He loves Alabama, and so do I!" Trump said.

Strange and Moore will face off in the Republican primary runoff on Tuesday, with the victor widely expected to win the general election in deep-red Alabama.

(Photo: Gage Skidmore)

by RTT Staff Writer

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