Dean Young, a close friend of Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, invited President Donald Trump on Thursday to the Moore campaign’s Saturday rally, despite Trump having endorsed opponent Luther Strange.
Trump was already planning to attend a rival rally for Strange in Huntsville, Alabama, this weekend before the Tuesday special primary election, but a scheduling change moved that event to Friday, presumably opening up the president’s schedule for Saturday night should he decide to stay in the Yellowhammer State.
“Mr. President, now that your rally schedule in Alabama has changed and the Huntsville Rally has been rescheduled to Friday evening, I am writing to invite you to join your friends and those who have stood most faithfully and loyally beside you at a rally as far from the Washington, D.C. establishment as you can get,” Young wrote in his invitation.
The White House has not responded when asked by Breitbart News as to whether the president planned on attending.
Young, a former candidate for U.S. House candidate and self-described “best friend” of former Alabama Chief Justice Moore, is hosting Saturday’s pro-Moore rally in deeply conservative Washington County, Alabama, where more than 53 percent of 2016 GOP primary-goers chose Trump and rewarded him with a 70 percent overall tally in the general election.
Former Alaska Governor and Tea Party firebrand Sarah Palin will be among the headliners, as she will attend Thursday’s rally in Montgomery with former deputy assistant to President Trump and Breitbart News national security editor Dr. Sebastian Gorka. Members of the House Freedom Caucus are also reported to be in attendance.
As Young sees it, Trump’s controversial and sometimes tepid-seeming endorsement of appointed Senator Luther Strange to fill Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s former seat shouldn’t be an obstacle to his coming to both rallies.
“Even though we may disagree on who the best candidate is to help you make America great again, we continue to agree on who the best candidate is to make America great… you!” Young wrote in his invitation, even adding that a the president would have “a bucket of original recipe chicken” waiting for him if he chose to show up.
While President Trump has thus far stood behind Strange with the Chamber of Commerce and other establishment figures and groups, Moore racked up the endorsements of populist-nationalist favorite Rep. Steve King (R-IA) and Tea Party leader former Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) Thursday.