Why did Trump back Strange?

There has been a lot of speculation as to why President Trump chose to support Luther Strange during Alabama’s Republican primary. Strange, the current sitting senator, is an ally of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. He, like McConnell, is a creature of the swamp the president promised to drain. So why would Trump throw his weight behind such a candidate?

Trump tweeted support for Strange a week before the primary election. The race was between a number of Republican candidates with three popular choices angling for the simple majority necessary to secure the nomination. If a majority was not reached the top two vote-getters were slated for a run-off that would determine the winner.

After Trump released his tweet one of the popular candidates, Mo Brooks, took issue:

I am baffled and disappointed Mitch McConnell and the Swamp somehow misled the President into endorsing Luther Strange.

Brooks, like others, believe Strange has a questionable history when it comes to public service. Strange had been appointed earlier in the year by the then-Alabama Governor Robert Bentley to take the seat vacated by Jeff Sessions. Of this appointment Brooks said, “Strange corruptly and unethically held a criminal investigation over the head of disgraced Governor Bentley to obtain the senate appointment.”

At the time Governor Bentley battled allegations of an extramarital affair with a female advisor. The legislature floated impeachment. Strange, as the Alabama Attorney General, would’ve been intimately involved. The governor, nevertheless, selected him to fill the open Senate seat. A month after Strange went to Capitol Hill the Alabama Ethics Commission found probable cause that Bentley violated both ethics and campaign finance laws. The same day impeachment proceedings began Bentley resigned.
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